When talking about the best sporting memories of 2012, the main subject of interest is the London Olympic games. Creating thousands of sporting memories just within itself, but creating desire, passion and determination for upcoming athletes to deliver just as amazing entertainment for the spectators of their events as the Olympics did for the millions of people watching worldwide.
What has 2012 offered us with sport?
The main sporting event of 2012 was quite obviously the London 2012 Olympic games, where more than 10,000 athletes competed at the most prestigious competition of all time. Many brilliant athletes entertained millions of people, whether on the television or live at the stadiums, who got the opportunity to watch some outstanding performances.
However we can’t forget the great performances at other competitions such as Wimbledon, with the 2012 champion being Rodger Federer, and Jeev Milkha Singh triumphing in the Scottish Open. It would be a lie to say that the only sporting hero’s of 2012 were those at the Olympics.
The tennis of 2012
When watching Wimbledon this year, the main competition was clearly between Andy Murray and Rodger Federer. After watching Federer win against Murray so many times, there was a lot of support for Murray and many people including myself wanted the victory to go to him this once. After a relatively close match, the inevitable happened, Federer beat Murray and resulted in Murray becoming more determined to work even harder for the next time they played against each other. The final of the men’s singles at the Olympics was the part that I saw most memorable of tennis 2012. Andy Murray stormed through to secure a gold medal, beating Federer! The speech at the end of the match showed how much Andy Murray wanted to win and it just showed how much it meant to him. It showed a part of Murray that I certainly had never seen before, with tears and heart felt emotions. This was a memorable moment because of Murray’s determination and perseverance.
Sir Chris Hoy – Track Cycling
A second memorable moment of 2012 was Sir Chris Hoy overtaking the record set by Sir Steve Redgrave of 5 gold medals at the Olympics. Hoy won two gold medals at London’s Olympics when many people thought that it was out of his reach, that he was past his peak. This memorable moment saw even Sir Chris Hoy’s mother closing her eyes and turning away for the finish, not wanting to look. The moment was more tense than any other in the velodrome in 2012. This made my list of the top sporting memories of 2012 due to Hoy delivering under immense pressure.
The fastest man on the planet
Who could forget Usain Bolt being the only man since Carl Lewis, 24 years ago, to retain his 100m sprint record? He won gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4x100m relay all in one Olympic games. People all over the world were glued to our screens to watch Bolt and his team mate Yohan Blake battle it out for the titles, soon followed by both team members joining forces to win gold in the 4x100m relay with a world record! This was one of the most memorable moments of 2012 due to Usain Bolt’s pure skill.
Need any more medals, Phelps?
Michael Phelps, the US swimming legend, continues to win medals to become the most decorated Olympian of all time. Phelps won his 18th gold medal, making his medal tally up to an astonishing 22 medals overall. Phelps has now retired after his 4th Olympic games and finished on a high. This was a great moment of 2012 and reached my most memorable sporting moments for its great achievement.
Wiggins on Tour
Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider to ever win the Tour de France this year. This memorable event was soon followed by some great performances at the Olympics. Bradley Wiggins only had a short amount of time between finishing the Tour and competing at the Olympics so his great results show great stamina, and that is why it is a memorable moment of sport in 2012.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my top 5 sporting moments of 2012 and I hope you would like to read more of my articles. Thank you for reading,