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Olympic medallist Joanna Rowsell is knocked off her bike

Olympic cycling curse strikes again, as golden girl Rowsell is knocked off her bike

By
Peter Scott

PUBLISHED:

22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

Sportsmail's
Joanna Rowsell, who won a gold medal for Britain at the London
Olympics, has been knocked off her bike by a car, the latest of several
British Olympians to have accidents on the road.

Rowsell told her 25,000 Twitter
followers that she been knocked off her bike on Saturday morning, the
first time it had happened to her in 9 years of cycling.

She told said: 'I am OK. No serious injuries, just cuts and bruises. Bike came off worst.'

Golden girl: Joanna Rowsell poses with Olympic gold

Golden girl: Joanna Rowsell poses with Olympic gold

She also thanked her followers for their messages of support.

Rowsell, was part of the team that won pursuit gold at the London Olympics, alongside Laura Trott and Dani King.

Other Olympians have also been knocked off their bikes since the Games.

Sir Bradley Wiggins was hit while training last year, and then coach Shane Sutton was involved in a crash the following day.

Bradley Wiggins: Liar Lance Armstrong made me so glad I"m clean

Liar Lance made me so glad I'm clean, says Tour de France winner Wiggins

By
Richard Moore

PUBLISHED:

21:59 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:38 GMT, 25 January 2013

Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed how
watching Lance Armstrong's drug confession left him feeling angry, sad
and emotional – but relieved that he will never have to tell his son his
father doped to win the Tour de France.

'I wasn't going to watch it,' said
Wiggins last night, speaking at the Team Sky training camp in Majorca.
'I was determined not to watch it. But then I got home and I watched it
with my seven-year-old son Ben.

'Those initial six questions, the yes-no answers, watching him suddenly cave in after all those years of lying so convincingly . . . there was a lot of anger, a lot of sadness. I was slightly emotional as well. It was difficult to watch. My wife couldn't watch it. She walked out the room.

All smiles: Sir Bradley Wiggins during the Team Sky Media Day in Alcudia, Majorca on Thursday

All smiles: Sir Bradley Wiggins during the Team Sky Media Day in Alcudia, Majorca on Thursday

All smiles: Sir Bradley Wiggins during the Team Sky Media Day in Alcudia, Majorca on Thursday

'It was heartbreaking in some respects for the sport, but then the anger kicks in,' Wiggins continued. 'You're thinking, “What a ****ing a******e”.

'Then I've got to explain to my son what it's all about, that he has won the same race his dad has won. But by the end of the hour and a half I had the best feeling in the world.'

It was a feeling of relief and smugness, said Wiggins, who last year became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

Confession: Lance Armstrong admitted to doping during his interviews with Oprah Winfrey

Confession: Lance Armstrong admitted to doping during his interviews with Oprah Winfrey

He said: 'When Armstrong started welling up talking about his 13-year-old son asking him what it was all about . . . I never have to have that conversation with my own son. I can tell him his father's won the Tour de France clean and so there was an element of being quite smug.

'By the end, I thought, “You deserve everything you get”, and I felt no sympathy for him at all.

Meet the team: Wiggins with Josh Edmondson and Chris Froome in Mallorca

Meet the team: Wiggins with Josh Edmondson and Chris Froome in Mallorca

Training: Wiggins rides in Port Alcudia

Training: Wiggins rides in Port Alcudia

'I was a fan of Lance. I watched him
win the world championships in 1993 when I was 13, and when he came back
from cancer and won the Tour de France in 1999 I was 19, on the British
track programme, and that was so inspirational.

'And then I never really raced with him in his prime. I raced him at
the Tour when he came back in 2009 and I was fourth and he was third.'

Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey that he was clean in that comeback Tour,
though the US Anti-Doping Agency put the chances of him not doping that
year at 'one in a million'. Wiggins concurs. 'When he said he was upset
about USADA's claim that he doped in 2009 and 2010, I thought, you lying
b*****d,' he said.

'I can still remember going toe-to-toe with him, watching his body language and comparing the man I saw at the top of Verbier on stage 15 to the man I saw at the top of Mont Ventoux on stage 20 a week later, when we were in dope control together. It wasn't the same bike rider.

'I don't believe anything that comes out the guy's mouth any more.'

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford added that Armstrong's confession had put cycling's credibility in the 'last chance saloon'.

He said: 'The sport must never go back to the place it was in the past. Fans must genuinely trust the results.'

Twitter in 2013: Who to look out for

Who should you be following in 2013 Ten rising sports stars to track on Twitter

. Who are the rising stars of 2013

Sportsmail takes a look at whose Twitter feed will be worth following this year.

Chris Froome – @chrisfroome

No-one is quite sure yet who the cycling top dog will be in 2013, but Chris Froome is determined to be Britain’s main man in the Tour de France. As last year’s runner-up, and having held back on a break for the yellow jersey himself at the behest of Sky’s management, Froome is itching to get his chance to shine.

He has already confirmed that, if asked to, he will repeat the task this year. But he has also made it clear that he believes his time is now, and he is organising his schedule around the assumption that he will be leading the team.

Should he miss out on that chance, this Twitter account may be one that features a few expletives in 2013.

Uncertain: Bradley Wiggins (left) and Chris Froome will bid to lead Team Sky in the Tour de France

Uncertain: Bradley Wiggins (left) and Chris Froome will bid to lead Team Sky in the Tour de France

Michelle Cound – @michellecound

Not technically an athlete, but if anyone wants an insight into tensions in the Sky Team camp as the Tour de France approaches, this woman’s Twitter account is the one to watch. The loyal girlfriend of Chris Froome garnered considerable attention in 2012 when a spat erupted between herself and Catherine Wiggins.

The pair traded digs relating to Wiggins’ domination of the race and the demands from Team Sky that Froome take the back-seat supporting role. 'Team work is also about giving the people around you, that support you, a chance to shine in their own right,' the sports photographer tweeted after Stage 11, in which Froome was asked to hold back to allow Wiggins to retain the yellow jersey.

On the move Wilfried Zaha is bound for the top

On the move Wilfried Zaha is bound for the top

Wilfried Zaha – @wilfriedzaha

The humble 20-year-old said this week that his friends in the Premier League have been asking why it’s taking him so long to get there.

This January, Zaha will be a stranger to the top flight no more, and the Crystal Palace striker is looking forward to the challenge.

Manchester United and Arsenal are ready to start the bidding at around 10million.

It’s not likely to be a completely smooth transition. Zaha admitted that training with the England team was a shock to the system and showed him the intensity that is required at the top level.

This year will definitely be the biggest of his career.

Laura Robson – @laurarobson5

It was back in 2008 that a fresh-faced Laura Robson held the junior Wimbledon trophy aloft. At the tender age of 14, the youngster had the expectations of a nation craving Grand Slam glory on her shoulders.

She took some time to make her mark on the seniors tour, but now Robson is starting to come into her own.

She rode the wave of Olympic euphoria to win a silver medal in the mixed doubles last summer, alongside Andy Murray. During 2012 she rose from No 113 to No 53 in the world rankings, and she now sits only four places down from Heather Watson, Britain’s No.1.

She also took Hsieh Su-wei to three sets in her first WTA final at the Guangzhou Open. Most of her tweets involve pictures of cute animals, so there’s another reason to keep an eye on this rising star’s Twitter in 2013.

Moving up: Laura Robson enjoyed a remarkable year in 2012 and will be hoping for more of the same

Moving up: Laura Robson enjoyed a remarkable year in 2012 and will be hoping for more of the same

Max Chilton – @maxchilton

Chilton’s time will come in 2013 as the 21-year-old joins Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta as the fourth Briton on the Formula One grid.

He was appointed as a reserve for the Marussia team last September, but has been called in to fill the gap left by Charles Pic, who recently joined Caterham.

So far Chilton doesn’t seem to have been intimidated by the prospect of joining the elite circuit. After receiving the news he tweeted: ‘It's hard to put into words how I am feeling but I know I am full of energy and ready give it my all next year in my first F1 season! #f1.’ Keep an eye on this young racer in the coming year.

Inspired: Manu Tuilagi will be crucial for England

Inspired: Manu Tuilagi will be crucial for England

Manu Tuilagi – @Manutuilagi

2011
was a year of disappointment for Manu Tuilagi, as an ill-fated dive in
the Auckland dock brought even more criticism from those back home who
had just witnessed England crash out of the World Cup.

But last year
brought a little more cheer for the Samoan, especially after his
starring turn against the All Blacks in the Autumn internationals.

His
magnificent interception and flight up the left wing sealed victory for
the England squad against the supposed insurmountable New Zealanders,
salvaging a considerable amount of dignity for the home side.

This year’s Lions tour is likely to see the spotlight settle on him once
more.

Yohan Blake – @YohanBlake

Usain Bolt is such a presence in athletics that it is sometimes easy to forget those running alongside him. But Yohan Blake is becoming a big enough personality alongside his fellow countryman that he is making himself hard to ignore.

He was the third runner in Jamaica’s team when they won the 100m relay last summer in a world record-breaking time.

In the 200m final he had to make do with coming second to Bolt, just as he did in the 100m. But he gave his compatriot much more of a challenge than any other athlete so far.

He has beaten his training partner on the smaller stages – at the Jamaican Olympic trials in June. Could this be the year that Blake overcomes his greatest rival while the world watches

We’ll have to wait for the World Championships in August to find out.

Fierce competition: Yohan Blake looks set to push Usain Bolt all the way in both the 100m and 200m

Fierce competition: Yohan Blake looks set to push Usain Bolt all the way in both the 100m and 200m

Dan Greaves – @DiscusDan

The British discus thrower actually trained for able-bodied competitions, and competed in them, before realising that his Talipes feet qualified him for the Paralympics. He has taken home a medal in every Games he has competed in – gold in 2000 and 2004, bronze in 2008 and silver in last year’s Summer Games.

He also broke the world record with his second gold in Athens, and then went on to break it three times in 2011, as well as winning his third World Championship gold medal. You can bet that when the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon roll around, ‘Discus Dan’ will be seeking gold once more.

Looking forward: Dan Greaves will be looking for his fourth World Championship gold medal in 2013

Looking forward: Dan Greaves will be looking for his fourth World Championship gold medal in 2013

One to watch: England's Joe Root has a bright future

One to watch: England's Joe Root has a bright future

Joe Root – @joeroot05

The
youthful-looking 22-year-old has been hailed by Michael Vaughn as the
successor to the England captaincy. Now the opening batsman for
Yorkshire, Root made his Test debut against India last month and came
away with an innings of 73, after batting for close to five hours with a
permanent air of calm.

We
may see him included in the squad for England’s next Test against
Dunedin in March, and with back-to-back series against both New Zealand
and Australia in 2013, there’s likely to be a lot of exposure coming the
way of this Yorkshire lad.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson – @JohnsonThompson

Jessica Ennis might have been our golden girl at the Olympics, but look to the future and you’ll see someone ready to take her crown in years to come. Johnson-Thompson has already beaten Ennis’ British junior record by 338 points and her 1.89m in the Olympic high jump was a personal best.

She’s a consistent gold medallist at junior level, but looks set to take her place on the world stage in 2013 after being inspired by the Ennis' success this summer.

Bright star: Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been hailed as the 'next Jessica Ennis'

Bright star: Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been hailed as the 'next Jessica Ennis'

Paralympics: Honours List strongly criticised by dressage rider Lee Pearson

The Honours List just 'p***** me off'… Paralympics great Pearson says he should have been knighted and Olympic medals are still valued higher

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17:27 GMT, 30 December 2012

One of Britain's leading Paralympians has launched a stinging attack on the New Year Honours List, admitting it 'p***** him off'.

Dressage rider Lee Pearson won his 10th gold medal at this year's London Paralympics, and received a CBE in the list.

He told the Independent on Sunday that he was 'disappointed' not to receive a knighthood, and added: 'It's the discrepancy that p***** me off'.

Lee Pearson

Lee Pearson

High achiever: Dressage star Pearson competing at this year's London Paralympic Games

Other Paralympians had already criticised the list, which saw Bradley Wiggins and Ben Ainslie knighted. Paralympian Sarah Storey was made a dame. Four Olympians and two Paralympians were awarded OBEs, with four Olympians and one Paralympian receiving a CBE.

Pearson said: 'Obviously, 10 gold, one silver and one bronze just isn't enough. I'm disappointed because I do feel I've given a lot to Paralympic sport and equestrianism. I think 10 gold medals is quite an achievement.'

Pearson won three gold medals at three successive Games, in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. He won an amazing tenth gold in the team dressage at Greenwich Park.

Wiggins and Ainslie are both greats of their respective sports, cycling and sailing, but Pearson's gold medal tally is higher than both of them combined.

Bradley Wiggins

Ben Ainslie

Suits you both, sir: Bradley Wiggins (left) and Ben Ainslie (right) have both been knighted

Pearson, 38, insists this case shows that Paralympic and Olympic medals are still not valued equally.

'There still seems to be a discrepancy between a Paralympic medal and an Olympic medal,' he added.

'It's tougher to get on in normal life if you've got a disability, and then to do sport on top of that is quite an achievement, I think, but maybe the powers that be don't.'

Stars such as David Weir, who won four
gold medals in London, had already said over the weekend that better
awards were deserved for Paralympians.

Weir told the Daily Telegraph: 'Kelly
Holmes was made a dame when she won two gold medals, but it seems we
have to get into double figures to get it. Sarah Storey should have been
awarded this years ago. I feel that sometimes we are left out, perhaps
because we are not in the public eye.'

She's more than a Brit special: Sarah Storey has been made a Dame

She's more than a Brit special: Sarah Storey has been made a Dame

Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said: 'You can do the arithmetic and make your own conclusions. I think it's important to listen to what two great Paralympians think. The people saying maybe [Paralympians] should have a bit more, there might be a case for that.'

The London Paralympic Games was the biggest in the history of the event. Huge television audiences tuned into Channel 4's coverage, with sell-out crowds turning up across the capital to watch the various sports.

The likes of Storey, Weir, and Ellie Simmonds have become major public figures after their success at the Games. All three were among the contenders for this month's Sports Personality of the Year award, which was won by Wiggins.

Twitter highlights from 2012 with Usain Bolt, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Phelps and more

How Bolt, Rio, Phelps and the rest told the story of sport in 2012 using 140 characters

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21:22 GMT, 24 December 2012

Ah Twitter. How did the sporting world manage before it had you

It's quite astounding how many sportsmen have managed to land themselves in hot water this year in only 140 characters. Joey Barton, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand – the list goes on.

But there are some sporting stars with a much better grasp of Twitter, and choose to use its powers for good rather than evil.

Top Twits: Sportsmen and women used Twitter to offer a brilliant insight into their life away from the track, field or pitch, with Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong producing the most memorable

Top Twits: Sportsmen and women used Twitter to offer a brilliant insight into their life away from the track, field or pitch, with Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong producing the most memorable

Top Twits: Sportsmen and women used Twitter to offer a brilliant insight into their life away from the track, field or pitch, with Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong producing the most memorable

Top Twits: Sportsmen and women used Twitter to offer a brilliant insight into their life away from the track, field or pitch, with Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong producing the most memorable

The Olympics saw a social media explosion as it became the most tweeted event 2012, with a staggering 150 million tweets being sent over the 16 days.

And the athletes involved were desperate to share their moments of joy with the fans, as well as with watching celebrities.

After Bradley Wiggins won time trial gold medal he posted a picture of himself celebrating next to St Paul's iconic dome in central London. Ever the life and soul of the party, the cyclist added: ‘Well what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all the messages, Thank You everyone it’s been emotional X’

Others not directly involved just had to express their pride in the British team as they watched them storm to victory. Kevin Pietersen could barely contain his excitement as Mo Farah took his second gold of the games.

His tweet was simple, but said what most of those at home and in the stadium were screaming: 'Moooooooooooooo Mooooooooooooo Moooooooooooo #BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM'

The American athletes were thrilled to be given personal praise from Barack Obama himself.

Michael Phelps received congratulations from the President as he tweeted: 'Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud. –bo.'

Says what we're thinking: Kevin Pietersen summed up the nation's feelings as Mo Farah claimed gold

Says what we're thinking: Kevin Pietersen summed up the nation's feelings as Mo Farah claimed gold

Says what we're thinking: Kevin Pietersen summed up the nation's feelings as Mo Farah claimed gold

Phelps replied: 'Thank you Mr. President!! It’s an honor representing the #USA!! The best country in the world!!'

Teen sensation Missy Franklin was also beside herself when she received a tweet of congratulations following her first gold medal in the 100m backstroke, but hers was from Justin Bieber, who tweeted: 'Heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine. Now I'm a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD! #muchlove.'

'I just died,' was Franklin’s simple response.

There were some more poignant moments over the 16 days.

As Michael Phelps bowed out of the Games for good he tweeted: 'Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened – Dr Seuss.'

Ryan Lochte joined his American team-mate in putting forward more philosophical thoughts, tweeting: 'Always reach for the moon cuz if u slip up u will still be a star!! #Jeah'

And of course, the Olympics wouldn’t be complete without a classic from Usain Bolt.

He had just become the first man to defend both the 100m and 200m Olympic titles and, never one to shy away from his own success, the Jamaican superstar tweeted: 'Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that’s for sure.'

Later a picture was posted of him with three members of the women's Swedish handball team.

Behind the scenes: We were treated to celebrating dressing rooms

Behind the scenes: We saw celebrating dressing rooms and even the toilets at Buckingham Palace

Behind the scenes: We saw celebrating dressing rooms and even the toilets at Buckingham Palace

TOP 10 TWEETS OF THE YEAR

1. ‘Feels Good To Be Awesome.’ – Bubba Watson

2.
‘Well what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all
the messages, Thank You everyone it's been emotional X’ – Bradley
Wiggins

3. ‘Moooooooooooooo Mooooooooooooo Moooooooooooo #BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM’ – Kevin Pietersen

4. ‘Roger uv got the moves like jagger’ – Yuvraj Singh (after Roger Federer’s Wimbledon victory

5. ‘Loving
the lights on the stumps and bails at the BBL (Big Bash League). Remind
me of a pair of trainers I had as a kid.’ – Eoin Morgan

6. ’Andy
Murray did himself, his family and his nation proud today. Played like a
champ. His time will come for sure!’ – Rory McIlroy

7. ‘Thank you Mr. President!! It’s an honor representing the #USA!! The best country in the world!!’ – Michael Phelps

8. ’OMFG I think it just hit me, I'm a CHAMPION!! I AM a CHAMPION!!’ – Lebron James, after the 2012 NBA Finals

9.
‘Coach, told me to go do a pool workout. So I went & did some Push
ups next to the pool. What! I aint getting this hair wet #mixedchick
#afro’ – Lolo Jones

10. ‘Where did it all go wrong They say it’s the
organiser’s fault, but I blame myself.’ – Twitter user impersonating
an unoccupied Olympic chair

Another athlete having fun on Twitter this year was Bubba Watson. After winning his first Major he told the world how he felt in quite simple terms, tweeting: 'Feels Good To Be Awesome.'

The golfer also managed to please an over-excitable fan, who tweeted at him: 'Hey Bubba, Please could You tweet me saying hi or something :3'

Watson responded with a brief 'hi' and the fan replied with: 'You have just made my day! Thank You!! :3'

But 2012 did see some darker moments on the social networking site, with many a careless comment resulting in a fine or worse.

Racism as an issue has been the ever-present spectre in sport this year, and Twitter was in no way immune.

Rio Ferdinand committed one of the most high-profile foul-ups when he re-tweeted a comment about Ashley Cole.

Cole had been appearing in court as part of John Terry’s defence against charges of racially aggravated abuse towards Anton Ferdinand, and a Twitter user labelled him a 'choc ice' – a slang term which refers to someone being black on the outside but white on the inside.

Ferdinand re-tweeted the comment, saying: 'I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!'

The comment drew criticism from many who felt it smacked of hypocrisy in an argument about racism. The Manchester United defender was fined 45,000 but suffered no harsher punishment.

The same cannot be said for Voula Papachristou and Michel Morganella, both of whom were sent home from the Olympics after tweeting offensive remarks.

Breaking news: After his collapse on the pitch at White Hart Lane, the world waited for news of Fabrice Muamba. It was provided through Twitter

Breaking news: After his collapse on the pitch at White Hart Lane, the world waited for news of Fabrice Muamba. It was provided through Twitter

Papachristou, a triple-jumper, was expelled from the Greek Olympic team after tweeting in reference to mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus: 'With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!'

The tweet was seen as xenophobic and against the ideals of the Olympic Games, as were the comments made by Michel Morganella, who labelled Koreans, 'retards' and said they could 'burn' after Switzerland's 2-1 defeat at the hands of South Korea.

Like Papachristou, the Swiss was immediately sent home.

Snooker ace Mark Allen also got himself into trouble with offensive tweets during the Haikou World Open, after he tweeted: 'Journey a nightmare. People are ignorant. Place stinks. Arena's rubbish, tables poor, food is horrendous. Other than that I love China.'

Though that particular tweet was removed, it was one in a number of less-than-flattering statements about the host country.

There were some downright uncomfortable moments too, such as when Lance Armstrong, ever defiant in the face of criticism, tweeted a picture of his seven Tour de France jerseys hanging on his wall.

The titles may have been stripped after doping allegations, but the disgraced cyclist didn’t seem to take that too seriously as he tweeted ‘Back in Austin and just layin’ around’ with the picture of him lying on a sofa beneath the jerseys.

There was also bewilderment when three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton revealed on Twitter that she had been working as an escort.

Hamilton competed in three Olympic Games for the US, in 1992, 1996 and 2000. The middle-distance runner lived in Wisconsin with her husband, but had been working for an escort service in Las Vegas.

'I do not expect people to understand,' tweeted the American. 'But the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression.'

Dad's the word: Gerard Pique and Dan Carter were two to take to Twitter to reveal good news to the world

Dad's the word: Gerard Pique and Dan Carter were two to take to Twitter to reveal good news to the world

Dad's the word: Gerard Pique and Dan Carter were two to take to Twitter to reveal good news to the world

Some athletes used Twitter for what could be called 'professional reasons' in 2012, but perhaps unadvisedly so.

As a rule of thumb it’s usually best
not to criticise your employers in public forums, but that didn’t stop
Australian fly-half Quade Cooper from labelling the environment in the
Wallabies as ‘toxic’ on Twitter.

Cooper spent a few months in limbo as
he waited to see what the long-term fall-out would be from his comments,
but all was forgiven in the end and he re-joined the national squad
earlier this month.

But there was some heart-warming tweeting amongst all the fraying tempers. Gerard Pique and Dan Carter both used Twitter to announce baby news this year, with Pique posting the picture of his first child’s sonogram.

'His first pic! #excited #cute,' tweeted the proud prospective papa.

All Black Carter announced that his wife Honor was expecting a baby in November, tweeting: 'Thought it was time to share our exciting news.. @honorcarter is 21 weeks pregnant! We are both very excited about being parents Babycarter.'

All in all the year has exemplified Twitter’s ubiquity in sport, and whether or not we see managers and agents start to ban their charges from using it remains to be seen.

It would be a shame for fans to lose the chance to interact with their idols in the way that 2012 has shown is possible. But with so many players making headlines for the wrong reasons, it may be an inevitable end result.

Bradley Wiggins joins Paul Weller onstage in Crisis Christmas Concert

That's Entertainment: Wiggo steals the show from Weller as he joins him onstage in Crisis Christmas Concert

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14:04 GMT, 21 December 2012

Bradley Wiggins gave us plenty of entertaining sporting moments in 2012, but on Thursday night he was providing entertainment of a different kind.

The BBC Sports Personality winner surprised fans at the Paul Weller Crisis Christmas Concert when he joined the singer onstage for a roof-raising performance of That's Entertainment at the Hammersmith Apollo.

The cycling superstar is already known for liking the odd impromotu performance. He leapt up on stage after the Sports Personality of the Year award to give party-goers a rendition of the same song.

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Bradley Wiggins joined Paul Weller on stage at the Crisis Christmas Concert

Firm friends: the pair have recorded a radio program together, set to air on Boxing Day

Bradley Wiggins performed That's Entertainment after SPOTY

Mod-rocker: It's not the first time Wiggins has given the song a go – he also treated party-goers to a performance after SPOTY

He stuck to his comfort zone behind Weller, strumming away on a red guitar in the background and only briefly making his way forward to the microphone to add some backing vocals.

Wiggins is known to be a fan of the singer, and the two have become firm friends.

They have even recorded a program together for BBC Radio 6 Music, called When Bradley Wiggins Met Paul Weller, which will be aired on Boxing Day.

Wiggins entertained guests at the BBC's aftershow party after picking up his Sports Personality gong, too.

Fabrice Muamba appears on Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special

Muamba shows no signs of slowing down after heart attack as former Bolton star appears on Strictly Christmas special

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09:57 GMT, 18 December 2012

A grinning Fabrice Muamba showed he still has some slick footwork as the former Bolton star, who was forced to retire from the game after a cardiac arrest stopped his heart for 78 minutes in March, appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

The first pictures of the show’s pre-recorded Christmas special show the 24-year-old footballer swaying his hips and spinning his partner Aliona Vilani with carefree abandon.

Muamba retired from football in the summer after collapsing during an FA Cup match for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur.

Shaking it up: Aliona Vilani gets down with footballer Fabrice Muamba

Shaking it up: Aliona Vilani gets down with footballer Fabrice Muamba

Despite suffering a cardiac arrest nine months ago forcing him into retirement, the 24 year old shows no sign of slowing down

Despite suffering a cardiac arrest nine months ago forcing him into retirement, the 24 year old shows no sign of slowing down

In shocking scenes at White Hart Lane, Muamba was treated on the pitch before being taken to hospital.

His heart had stopped for well over an hour, but remarkably the former midfielder recovered and has since had a pacemaker fitted.

The former Arsenal player made an emotional return at the Reebok Stadium in May, when, 46 days after his collapse, he tearfully walked onto the pitch before Tottenham's clash with Bolton as fans of both clubs chanting his name.

Muamba also appeared on stage this weekend before Bradley Wiggins picked up the Sports Personality of the Year award at the ExCeL Arena in London.

He was met by Gary Lineker as well as close friends and family and medical staff who helped to save his life earlier this year.

Fabrice shows that his footballing footwork has other uses

Fabrice shows that his footballing footwork has other uses

He told the audience: 'I don't know where to start. All these people, they mean the world to me… Sometimes, when I think about it, life is great.

'They did an unbelievable job to keep me where I am and I am very grateful for that.'

Other contestants on the one-off BBC1 show – to be broadcast on Christmas Day – were just as enthusiastic as Muamba.

Actress Sheila Hancock, Natasha Kaplinsky, retired Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson will also appear on the show, with veteran rocker Rod Stewart serenading them as they go.

Shock: Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane, as manager Owen Coyle joined players on the field of play

Shock: Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane, as manager Owen Coyle joined players on the field of play

Shock: Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane, as manager Owen Coyle joined players on the field of play

Overwhelming: Muamba made a tearful return to the Reebok Stadium

Overwhelming: Muamba made a tearful return to the Reebok Stadium

SPOTY 2012: BBC produced champagne moment – Edge of the Box

With SPOTY, the BBC delivered a champagne moment to mark vintage year

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UPDATED:

07:58 GMT, 17 December 2012

As reported on this website a couple of days ago, yesterday provided a bumper Sabbath of sport on the telly to wedge yourself into the settee for.

Although, I do have to be honest. I did take a couple of hours off from the vigil to watch the gripping last two episodes of the The Killing. So a bit of a Fjord Super Sunday for me, too.

It all started before dawn had even considered the notion of cracking with Amir Khan’s impressive return to form in LA, followed by a swift switch of continent to the Test Match from Nagpur.

Sealed with a kiss: Bradley Wiggins won the Sports Personality of the Year Award

Sealed with a kiss: Bradley Wiggins won the Sports Personality of the Year Award

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Although, so old skool was the progress on the field of play, Bumble found himself turning on the poop bag-free dog walkers of Brentford, by way of conversation.

This was followed by several hours of football – from a Yokohama Samba, all the way to a point for Big Sam. This, though, was merely the warm-up for the night that was set to celebrate arguably the greatest year of sport this United Kingdom of ours has ever witnessed.

Frankly, we’ve never had it so good. Therefore, neither has BBC’s Sports Personality Of The Year Awards which quite sensibly set up shop back at the scene of the crime, in East London’s ExCel Centre.

If we weren’t quite aware of just how special this year’s event was, then the opening to the show surely left us in no doubt.

A spectacular helicopter ride with the three hosts Sue Barker, Clare Balding and Gary Lineker through a twinkling night time London was followed by Emily Sande serenading us in an ink blue sea awash with twinkling lights inside the arena.

Then there was Mark Cavendish escorted to the stage with the trophy he won last year, flanked by members of the armed forces and several Games makers.

As Sue Barker pointed out, this was the biggest show in Sports Personality’s 59th year. However, it was also two and half hours plus of telly. The question would therefore have to be asked: would it be big enough to fill that much air time

Well, personally, I thought this particular marathon was a real sprint – the time flying by as we flipped from stage, to film, to interview, with hero after hero never failing to remind us why running, jumping, kicking, hitting et al can be so damned special.

OK, true, arguably you can hear enough of people saying what ‘an incredible experience’ it was, but that ‘it wasn’t just me’. However, when time after time it’s people whose astounding performances during this last 12 months absolutely lit up the nation, we are surely honour-bound to pardon the repetition.

Honoured: Andy Murray received his third-place trophy from Lennox Lewis

Honoured: Andy Murray received his third-place trophy from Lennox Lewis

Always unavoidably flat, though, are the live interviews from around the world.

Andy Murray at least got himself a nice poolside seat and the prospect we might see some running, petting or bombing in the background. But poor old Chris Hoy found himself in what appeared to be a dentist’s reception, with only half a Christmas tree for company.

On the night, though, in the room it was Bradley Wiggins who was going to take some beating.

Double act: Wiggins and Sue Barker entertained the crowd at London's Excel Arena

Double act: Wiggins and Sue Barker entertained the crowd at London's Excel Arena

First up of the 12, his film was voiced
by his Quadrophenia Mod-In-Arms Phil Daniels, and his suit was as sharp
as it was nostalgic for those times. He was also hilarious, continually
calling Ms Barker ‘Susan’ and ripping Gary by referring to ‘the
incredible team’ he must have behind his make-up.

The film recalling the incredible final day of the Premier League was also enthralling, and was greeted by an impressive 16,000 capacity ‘Posnan’. While Martine Wright’s speech on accepting the Helen Rollason award was both incredibly touching and inspirationally uplifting.

Talks: The Duchess of Cambridge and Jessica Ennis

Talks: The Duchess of Cambridge and Jessica Ennis

However, something special seemed to happen when the name 'Jessica Ennis' was said aloud and she glided to the stage in ‘that dress’ (I’m no expert, but I’m sure that dress is a definite ‘that dress’). The hall seemed to have itself a favourite, judging from the response.

The result, however, was still an hour away. Before that was announced, two local lads had their chance to shine on stage. First up, there was Hackney’s Idris Elba delivering a rousing rendition of Edgar Guest’s words to welcome the victorious Team GB/Paralympics GB (with mention in dispatches for the cheer the Ryder Cup team received). Then, to the sort of reception you might imagine Robbie Williams would walk out to, there was Leytonstone’s David Beckham in a brown sports jacket welcoming Lord Coe up to collect his Lifetime Achievement Award.

Although it was actually the Duchess Of Cambridge who gave Seb his trophy. But I don’t think she’s an East Ender.

In the end though, and to chants of ‘Wiggo, Wiggo’, it was the man who had opened proceedings with such natural aplomb, that won the day. Bradley Wiggins won the Tour, took gold and stole the show. ‘There’s free beer around the back, courtesy of the BBC’ he told the crowd.

Unlikely, but credit where it’s due, the Corporation certainly created a champagne moment to mark this vintage sporting year.

Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero pose with Tour de France shirt

Thieves! Kompany and Aguero get their hands on Wiggo's treasures

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23:41 GMT, 16 December 2012

Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero borrowed two famous pieces of sports memorabilia at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

As they entered the stage with last season's Premier League trophy. the city duo were met with the entire audience, including eventual runner-up Jessica Ennis, doing the 'Poznan'.

The Manchester City pair posted a snap on Twitter posing with eventual winner Bradley Wiggins' yellow jersey and his Olympic Medal, although the Belgian defender's grip on the mannequin's neck was a cause for concern.

Kompany, who had earlier brought last season's Premier League trophy on stage with the Argentine striker posted on his twitter page @VincentKompany: 'Me & @aguerosergiokun borrowed something backstage. Let’s hope Mr. Wiggins won’t mind.’

Pose: Sergio Aguero (left) and Vincent Kompany get to grips with Wiggo's Tour de France jersey and Olympic gold, as well as a slightly firm hand around the mannequin's neck

Pose: Sergio Aguero (left) and Vincent Kompany get to grips with Wiggo's Tour de France jersey and Olympic gold, as well as a slightly firm hand around the mannequin's neck

SPOTY: Aguero and Kompany had earlier joined Gary Lineker on stage with the Premier League trophy

SPOTY: Aguero and Kompany had earlier joined Gary Lineker on stage with the Premier League trophy

Poznan: members of the audience, including runner up Jessica Ennis (red dress) took part in City's famous celebration, the Poznan

Poznan: members of the audience, including runner-up Jessica Ennis (red dress) took part in City's famous celebration, the Poznan

Andy Murray"s Florida fitness camp: How US Open champion aims to win more majors from Miami base

Miami heat: Gruelling regime at US base as Murray hones game for fresh assault on majors

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00:33 GMT, 14 December 2012

As a restless soul desperate to win the first Grand Slam he always looked destined for, Andy Murray would pound the beaches of Miami on Christmas morning in the attempt to gain an edge over his rivals.

The US Open trophy is now in the cabinet and the questions of when and if have stopped, but the 25-year-old Scot is still leaving his footprints in the sand and taking the hard path to further glory.

Around breakfast time on Thursday the mercury was nudging 80 and Murray was out there again, beginning another session that is necessary to build the platform from which he will try to replicate the achievements of 2012.

At least he now knows the agony that he puts his body through, the lung-busting repeat 400-metre runs and torturous sequences of upwards movement on a gadget called the VersaClimber, have given him the ultimate benefit of winning a major.

Sandy Murray: Mike Dickson (left) on the beach with Andy

Sandy Murray: Mike Dickson (left) on the beach with Andy

How I tried to keep up with Andy

He also knows that his victories at the Olympics and in New York are unlikely to win him this weekend’s Sports Personality Of The Year award, not when up against the magnetic character of Bradley Wiggins and his unprecedented triumph at the Tour de France.

Yet, as we were able to see first hand, nobody other than Murray on the glittering shortlist has to combine speed, power and physical endurance with the kind of technical finesse that is required to land a dropshot over the net like a falling snowflake.

Even those of us who are somewhat aerobically challenged could understand the torture of his repeat 400m shuttles on soft sand, marked out between beach huts.

Murray does each 400m shuttle in around one minute and 15 seconds (I take somewhat longer), and he then has the same time to rest before doing it again, 10 times.

On the track he can do the same distance in 53 seconds, the time it took Mo Farah to do his last Olympic lap, although as Murray drily observes, Farah has already done 4,600 metres by that point. Scientific analysis shows that at maximum speed when sprinting for a ball, he covers the court at more than 10 metres per second.

Small wonder that his trainer/ torturer-in-chief Jez Green reflected: ‘He is just a superb all-round athlete, genetically blessed and underpinning it with an incredible work ethic.’

Easing off: Murray lets Mike have a breather before relaxing in the Florida sun (below)

Easing off: Murray lets Mike have a breather before relaxing in the Florida sun (below)

Easing off: Murray lets Mike have a breather before relaxing in the Florida sun (below)

Murray is so determined not to compromise his annual month-long boot camp in his second home of South Florida, prior to flying home briefly for Christmas and heading out to Australia via the Middle East, that he has sent his apologies to SPOTY.

That is one reason why he yesterday opened up his camp — which coach Ivan Lendl is a wisecracking part of, in contrast to his stony player-box demeanour — and reflected on his breakthrough year with unusual candour.

Wherever he comes on Sunday there have been more profound rewards, such as a boost to his sometimes wavering self-esteem, and the deep satisfaction that his home town of Dunblane is now known for more than just the terrible massacre he himself survived as a child.

The fear of being recognised in the street, or occasionally abused, has dissipated. ‘Since the Olympics I just feel a bit better about myself. I find it easier to walk around with my head up, whereas before I was always head down, not wanting anyone to see me or say anything,’ Murray said.

‘Maybe I felt that having lost in Grand Slam finals I was letting whoever it was down. I know I had been reminded every day for the last six years that it’s this long since someone from our country won a Slam. So there was part of me probably that felt a little bit of responsibility. It’s nice not to have worry about that any more and see what else I can achieve.’

Emotional scenes: Murray's return to Dunblane was attended by locals in their thousands as the Scottish town's favourite son added a US Open crown to Olympic gold

Emotional scenes: Murray's return to Dunblane was attended by locals in their thousands as the Scottish town's favourite son added a US Open crown (below) to Olympic gold in a remarkable year

Emotional scenes: Murray wins the US Open

It is clear that a true highlight of 2012 was his post-US Open visit home, when 20,000 thronged Dunblane’s streets.

‘A lot of people there say that it has a much more positive image now and it has been great to do something for them.

‘Half
my family still live there, my grandparents do a lot for the community
and my uncle has a shop there. It was weird walking down the High
Street, when I was young it seemed so massive yet when I was walking
down it that day it seemed so little. When people mention the more
positive image it’s nice because it was a terrible thing that happened
there once.’

Murray
still cannot remember much of the climax to the US Open from when he sat
down at 5-2 in the final set to the moment when, somewhat
shambolically, he was left searching for his sponsored watch in the
immediate aftermath.

‘People
have asked if I still have the racket but I think I threw it into the
crowd with my shirt. The whole thing was a bit of a blur. I was
wondering what song they played in the stadium at the changeover as I
was preparing to serve it out and I’m told it was I Feel So Close by Calvin Harris.

‘The
strange thing is I bumped into him at the airport the following day and
he came up to say congratulations, I really like that song but had no
idea that it was playing just before I won.

‘With
the watch I had just started with Rado before Wimbledon and after I
lost the final there I forgot to put it on and so I got into trouble.
That’s why I went over to my box and asked where it was, they had put it
in a zipped pocket in my racket bag and I couldn’t find it.’

The catalyst: Murray's partnership with Ivan Lendl has been a fruitful one

The catalyst: Murray's partnership with eight-time Grand Slam-winner Ivan Lendl has been a fruitful one

Lendl has been key to his success and the sometimes headstrong Murray admits that, due to the weight of his mentor’s achievements, he listens to him in a way he should have listened to other coaches in the past.

‘When we started it was much more short term — “Let’s see how the first few months of the year goes” — now we are asking what are we going to be doing in four or five years’ time. We’re very honest and open and that’s why we are planning long term.

‘After I lost in the Australian Open semis Ivan just seemed to say the right things, that’s when I knew. When I lost at Wimbledon he knew exactly what I was feeling because he has been there himself.’

Most days here Lendl supervises the technical practice, using Britain’s Jamie Baker and former US Open junior champion Oliver Golding as partners.

Green plots the on-court sprint and endurance training, using eight stations that are designed to replicate movement in rallies. They have analysed matches against Novak Djokovic and seen that many points can last between 60 and 70 seconds, so the idea is that Murray can physically cope with whatever the Serb throws at him.

Of course pre-season is hardly party time either for the likes of Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who is on the comeback trail. That is why Murray needs to remain a restless soul, and why he has to keep on running.