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By Ian HuntSport Wales reporter
Jade Jones
Jade Jones

What kind of sporting success stories can we look forward to in 2013? And how could it possibly beat the extraordinary achievements of 2012?

Those are among the questions addressed by Sport Wales this week as we bring you the biggest and best coverage of the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year awards that saw taekwondo star Jade Jones crowned as the nation's 2012 favourite.

Jones was one of seven Welsh sport stars to leave the London Olympics with a medal round their neck in a year that also brought huge Welsh success at the Paralympics as well as another Six Nations Grand Slam for Wales and more major landmarks in the history of Cardiff City and Swansea City.

But our coverage of the Sports Personality awards is as much about what we can expect next year as reflecting on the remarkable events of 2012.

We'll hear from Jones, who admits contemplating what comes next can be difficult when you're already an Olympic gold medalist at the age of 19.

It's been quite a year, too, for the man who came second behind Jones in the running for the BBC Wales accolade, Dan Lydiate.

This year's Six Nations Player of the Tournament reflects on 2012 and tells us what's next for him after making the decision to leave the Dragons.

Among the other faces we caught up with at the awards ceremony are two South Wales football managers hoping to celebrate promotion in five months' time - Cardiff City's Malky Mackay and Newport County's Justin Edinburgh.

And, in a separate sit-down interview, Mackay gives us his half-term report on Cardiff's highly impressive Championship campaign as they currently sit three points clear at the top.

We're also with the Bluebirds players who are out and about in the community on Christmas visits ahead of their festive fixtures.

At the Liberty Stadium, meanwhile, members of the Swansea squad entertain children who've been receiving hospital treatment as Michael Laudrup's men prepare to face Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in their latest Premier League clash.

Sport Wales is also in Hamburg to tell the tell of the Welshman from Rhyl who's making a name for himself in German football.

Lee Congerton started his coaching career at Wrexham before getting his big break as part of the backroom staff at Liverpool.

From Anfield, he moved to Chelsea where he worked alongside the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and former Blues youth coach Brendan Rodgers, working his way up to the role of head of recruitment.

And when Chelsea's former sporting director Frank Arnesen took up a similar role at Hamburg, Congerton moved to the Bundesliga club with him to become their technical director - a job that involves everything from player recruitment to making sure the club's players are in the best possible shape physically and mentally.

The 39-year-old is fast building a reputation that has already seen him linked with a similar job at West Bromwich Albion, while other Premier League sides are thought to be keen on Congerton as more of them consider moving towards the continental model of employing sporting and technical directors to work alongside managers.

And, rounding off our final show of the year, we hear from the Welsh cyclist hoping to emerge from fellow Welshman Geraint Thomas' shadow as part of the phenomenally successful Team Sky.

With Thomas and Sky's Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins providing no little inspiration, Cardiff's Luke Rowe tells us what he hopes to achieve in 2013 as he prepares to head Australia next month to compete in the season-opening Tour Down Under.

Watch Sport Wales this Friday on BBC Two Wales at 19:00 GMT

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