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Sir Wiggo

Bradley Wiggins will cap off a superb 2012 by becoming knighted in the Queens New Years Honours List.

Sir Wiggins took the Tour de France title and then ten days later took the Olympic time trial gold in his home games.

Recently this month he was crowned Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC and his knighthood ends surely his greatest 365 days of his life.

Wiggins is joined as a Sir by fellow Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie who won his fourth gold medal at the London Games, having taken gold in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and now London.

His last three gold medals came in the Finn category after he previously won gold in the laser, arguably showing he is the greatest Olympic sailor of all time.

There are also Knighthoods for coaches David Brailsford and David Tanner. Brailsford is the Performance Director for British Cycling and the Team Sky Principal and has masterminded the success of Wiggins and the other GB athletes on the road and in the velodrome.

Tanner on the other hand has been behind the success on the water in his role as Performance Director of British Rowing.

Sarah Storey becomes a Dame after her amazing exploits over a number of Paralympics. She equaled the record of Baroness Tani Grey-Thompson in the London Games and is a success in multiple sports.

All the GB medalist at the Games take away an honour as such, but the seven who already had titles, such as Sir Chris Hoy, were not credited further.

There were CBE’s for pin ups of the track Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, and cycling beauty Victoria Pendleton also claimed a CBE whilst Greg Rutherford was awarded an MBE.

There were also awards for many of the Games makers such as the deputy to Lord Coe, Sir Keith Mills, who has been made a Knight Grand Cross and Lord Coe himself a Companion of Honour.

A full list can be found on the BBC Sport website http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/20852564.

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