After an incredible summer of sport in 2012, it’s no surprise that 11 out of the 12 nominations for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year are Olympians and Paralympians.
Gold medal winners up for the award include boxer Nicola Adams, rower Katherine Grainger and sailor Ben Ainslie. Athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farrah also made the list after their stunning victories on ‘Super Saturday’ at the London 2012 games.
Paralympians Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds and David Weir are also in the running for the award. The winner will be announced on 16th December at a star-studded event at the ExCel in London.
Current world number one golfer Rory McIlroy is the only nominee who did not win a gold medal at either the Olympics or Paralympics but he has certainly had an amazing year; he won the 2012 PGA Championship and was part of the European team that made an extraordinary comeback to win the Ryder Cup.
There have been amazing feats by British sportspeople throughout the year but I think that the main contenders for this award will be Andy Murray, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy.
Andy Murray’s personality has been criticised as he has sometimes appeared to be moody and immature, but he has certainly proved the doubters wrong this year with his Olympic gold medal win in the men’s singles, silver medal in the mixed doubles and US Open victory.
Bradley Wiggins not only won the gold in the time trial at the Olympics, he also has the incredible accolade of being the first Briton to win the Tour de France. Chris Hoy is now Britain’s most successful Olympian ever after winning his fifth and sixth golds at London 2012.
The judging panel (which includes Sir Steven Redgrave, Baroness Grey-Thompson and Denis Lewis) were certainly spoilt for choice this year but I personally hope that Chris Hoy wins the title; not only is he our most successful Olympian, he genuinely seems like a nice guy. Who do you want to win?