I'm not quite sure what you're saying here...
I reckon the public got it right, choosing Steve Redgrave. The reason I say so is that the other candidates achieved something that might yet be repeated. I'm not sure Redgrave's feat ever will be. Five consecutive gold medals in a physical (perhaps the most physical?) discipline. Simply extraordinary.
By the way, for the annual award, I favoured Martin Johnson, not Jonny Wilkinson, but then, I'm a rugby fan, not some bloke who watched it for the first time when England reached the final!
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.