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by Psychic_Vision (U1655640) 10 December 2006
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Firstly, I have to say that I am glad that Beth Tweddle got third place in this contest. I can think of many "hard" men out there who would not vote for her because she is a woman and a gymnast.(Quite a few on this board)
To be a world and european champion in a gymnastics event in Britain is an outstanding achievement, especially when gymnastics coaching in this country is so poor compared to other countries. eg. america and china
I would also like to add that it was good to see the great tribute to Paul Hunter and that the achievement of David Walliams was honoured, which were both fitting. The appearance of Bjorn Borg (a tennis legend) was the icing on the cake.

However, there were many disappointing things. The fact that Phillips and Clarke came first and second respectively was disappointing.
For all that they have achieved, both Nicole Cooke and Joe Calzaghe deserved it more. They are fairly unknown by the public and have both won more and achieved more than the two aforementioned.
Phillips is lucky to have the privileges afforded to her by her family and although Clarke came through a tough time, there are so many people out in the world who suffer a similar fate (be it their kids, their partners, their parents) that it would be a kick in the teeth to them and what they have to go through for Clarke to win just because he is a famous sportsperson and we feel sorrow for his loss.(All the millions out there do not get awards, they have to get on with life)

It is a shame that both Cooke and Calzaghe were not given a fair hearing on the show as their achievements deserve it. Cooke won the female version of the tour de france and calzaghe has been doing fabulous things in boxing for years, his demolition of Lacy was something worth watching.

Overall, although there were some good things, I could not help but feel a little disappointed at the ending to the show and the fact that some who were more worthy did not get the credit they deserved.

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posted Dec 11, 2006

i just think it says alot about the year in sport GB had wen they have to give it to ZP.rugby soccer cricket...all bad years.

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posted Dec 11, 2006

I don't think Murray should have won!! (Like Button)Who wants to salute the 'Nearly Man' we want winners NOT almost winners!

ZP is a worthy winner, not only did she win, she also dealt with the grief from her friends death just before competition, and she will have had all the expectation and attention from all sorts of people - from the fact that she is following, the successful, footsteps of her mother. Well done ZP! Glad Beth Tweddle came in the running, she deserves recognition - apart from the fact she is successful, she proves gymnasts don't need to be super-skinny to succeed!

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posted Dec 11, 2006

What exactly did she win the award for? Achievement or personality? I suppose it would have to be achievement as she has none of the other. What a joke this year!! With Calzaghe coming third and Phil Taylor being ignored, how can this award be for achievement. Both have dominated their respective sports over the last decade and have received very little recognition. Why did Theo Walcott win young personality of the year? If i go on a football jolly up next year, can i win one? The only worthy winner this year was Paul Hunter. A true legend!

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posted Dec 12, 2006

Sky now dominates the TV sporting scene so Boxing gets no BBC coverage at all. Calzaghe's performance was miles ahead of any other achievement and he has been at the top for years!

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posted Dec 12, 2006

Having read many of the comments posted in various sections of 606, to me it seems quite clear that the REAL winner of SPOTY 2006 was NICHOLE COOKE. I just hope the British public in general (and the media) now take note of the achievements of this amazing sportswoman and that in future when interviewed on TV, the questions are not so stupid and inane as on this occasion.

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posted Dec 12, 2006

She spent 3 days on the back of a horse....big wow. Taylor has dominated darts for years, Hatton and Calzaghe the best pound for pound fighters of a generation, and the bird who won the tour de France. Real tough gruelling sports. Not riding on your horse, being all Regal and attending gymkanas. She only won because of who she is, and BBC still have horsey things. Do Sports personality of year on Sky next time around, and they'll do it properly. And I guarantee Zara Phillips won't get a look in and nor should she. BBC is a sham

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posted Dec 12, 2006

Just tu close this debate.In all faireness to Zara Philips who is without doubt a champion that the nation can be proud of!
Ashame that we the nation can't be as proud of our BBC ,not theres give it back to us so we can enjoy all our champions no matter what there sports!
Let's finish with biased reporting unfairely shared air time,,the beeb can do better!

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posted Dec 12, 2006

Well done Zar Zar

Love nan
(AKA = freddie mercury = The Queen)

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posted Dec 12, 2006

Quite rightly, Adrian Chiles has come in for some stick, especially for his stupid and inane questions to Nichole Cooke. However, as I don't watch too much TV, can someone please tell me who the hell he is. Is he an ex-sportsman (if so what was it? tiddlywinks or something?), a failed comedian, an equally failed TV presenter, an actor or what? Whatever he is /was, please BBC don't insult great British athletes again by having such a monkey "interview" them.

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posted Dec 20, 2006

I think it's time people gave ZP the recognition she deserves, she is a top class rider who has worked incredibly hard to get her horse to world level, especially at show jumping, where he used to be weak. For the first time in as long as i can remember there has not been the token footballer nominated and i think this move to allowing 5 live listeners to nominate is excellent as they are the ones who follow and understand the acheivements of the sports people. Also to address the rather cynical point of her only spending 3 days on the back of a horse, i think the person in question will find two three day events would equal 6 days, not to mention years of training in all conditions to reach that standard, please just give Zara the credit she deserves for being the worlds best three day eventer in a male dominated sport!

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