Sports Personality of the Year Shortlist

This years Sports personality of the year is one of the most eagerly anticipated ever.

After an amazing 2012, the following 12 stars have made the shortlist for this years award:

Bradley Wiggins – Tour De France winner and also Olympic time trial gold medalist. Recently broke a few ribs on a bike ride in training but 2012 was a great year for the team sky rider.

Ben Ainslie – Olympic Gold medalist for the fourth time in the sailing, and flag bearer at the London 2012 closing ceremony.

Ellie Simmonds – Won even more Olympic golds as she cemented herself as GB’s queen in the pool. at only 17 years of age, the best could sill be yet to come for Simmonds

Jessica Ennis – Olympic heptathlon gold medalist, as well as breaking the world record in Gotzis earlier in the year.

Sir Chris Hoy – Six time Olympic gold medalist with his gold at the Olympics. Looking to become a second time winner of the trophy.

Rory McIlory – World number One, money leader on both the PGA and European tours and a major winner.

Nicola Adams- The first ever female Olympic Boxing champion, an iconic moment for British female sport.

David Wier – Winner of four gold medals at the Paralympic games, and has a dominance in the sport unrivaled by anyone else in any other sport right now.

Mo Farah – Double Olympic champion in the 5000m and 10,000m with some of the greatest ever moments in Olympic history.

Andy Murray – Finally ended that long wait for a British grand slam winner, as well as taking a gold medal at London and a silver in the mixed doubles

Sarah Storey – 11th gold medal at the London Paralympics made her the most decorated British Olympian ever.

Katherine Grainger – Finally won that rowing gold medal that had eluded her so far, after a moments last Olympic cycle.

The 12 nominations above have all had amazing 2012’s and the winner this year will fully deserve the prize.

Sports Personality of the year will take place on December 16th at the Excel centre in London, live from 7.30pm

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