Ryder Hesjedal Has To Be Athlete Of The Year!

CBC is holding their annual People's Pick: Canada's athlete of the year in 2012.

This year they have nominated the following athletes:

Kaillie Humphries, bobsleigh

  • 2012 World champion
  • Won six straight World Cup races

Christine Sinclair, soccer

  • Led Canada to Olympic bronze at 2012 London Games
  • Led all Olympic women scorers with 6 goals
  • Scored her 143rd international goal, which ranks 3rd all-time

Rosie MacLennan, trampoline

  • 2012 Gymnastics Olympic Test Event gold medallist
  • 2012 Olympic gold medallist

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, figure skating

  • 2012 World ice dance champions
  • 2012 Four Continents champions
  • 2012 Canadian champions
  • 2012 Two-time Grand Prix winners

Patrick Chan, figure skating

  • 2012 World champion
  • 2012 Canadian champion
  • 2012 Four Continents champion
  • Three-time Grand Prix gold medallist

Ryder Hesjedal, cycling

  • 2012 Giro d'Italia champion
  • Won Stage 4 time trial at Giro event
These are all very worthy athletes, but I simply can't stress enough that the pick for 2012 has to be Ryder Hesjedal!

All of these athletes I'm sure train equally hard, all year long. But the triumph of winning a 3-week grand tour in cycling - Canada's first ever! - is truly unmatched by any of the others this year. Holding your fitness form for 3 weeks, and being lucky enough not to have any mechanical disasters along the way to victory absolutely stands head-and-shoulders above the others this year.

Go cast your vote now (it closes Friday, December 7 at 5pm ET): http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2012/11/29/sp-vote-canadian-athlete-of-the-year.html

OHesjedal!

Weight Of A Nation!