So who should be crowned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012?
The BBC’s annual sports award shortlist was announced today and this year’s choices have to be the most difficult ever!
After the BBC was slammed for not shortlisting a SINGLE woman in last year’s awards it seems they have opened up their eyes and smelt the coffee this time around, with five making the last call.
With such amazing feats in sport this year as Andy Murray becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam in a gazillion years as well as winning the Olympic Gold, Bradley Wiggins smashing both the Tour de France and Olympic Gold, Nicola Adams becoming the first woman to win an Olympic Boxing Gold, David Weir sweeping aside every obstacle in his way (including having no legs) to win four Golds, and of course Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah delighting the crowd by doing what was expected of them.. well, it definitely isn’t a choice I wouldn’t want to make.
Which is why nobody is making it. The winner will be chosen by the public on 16 December.
Here are the 12 nominees:
- Nicola Adams – First female boxer to win Olympic Gold.
- Mo Farah – 2 Olympic Gold medals.
- Jessica Ennis – The face of the Olympics 2012, Heptathlon Gold
- Rory McIlroy – British Golfing Champion
- Ben Ainsle – Olympic Gold medallist for sailing
- Katherine Grainger – Olympic Gold medallist for rowing
- Sir Chris Hoy – 5 times Gold medallist
- Andy Murray – Winning the US Open and Olympic Gold (76 years since a British man won a Grand Slam)
- Ellie Simmonds – Paralympic Gold medallist in swimming
- David Weir – Won Gold in Paralympic wheelchair races in 1500m, 800m, 5000m and in the marathon
- Sarah Story – Paralympic Gold medallist for cycling
- Bradley Wiggins – The only cyclist to win both the Tour De France and an Olympic Gold medal in the same year.
The winner will be chosen by an X Factor-style public telephone vote on the night and will be announced on Sunday 16 December during the live ceremony on BBC One.
Personally, I have to root for David Weir from Roundshaw, Surrey as I only live down the road from him and I’ve spotted him in the pub a few times. Oh, and not to mention the fact he smashed every race he did in the Olympics.
Let us know who you want to win this year?