Tough Competition in 2012 Sports Personality of the Year Award

Yesterday, the BBC released its shortlist for 2012 Sports Personality of the Year. Predictably (and rightly), it almost entirely consists of London 2012 athletes:

  • Bradley Wiggins (winner of the Tour De France and a London 2012 gold medal)
  • Sir Chris Hoy (gold medallist, keirin)
  • Andy Murray (gold and silver medals, US Open victory)
  • Jessica Ennis (heptathlon gold)
  • Mo Farah (golds in 5,000 and 10,000m)
  • Katherine Grainger (gold in rowing)
  • Rory McIlroy (US Masters victor, on winning Ryder Cup team, world number 1 golfer and PGA Championships victor)
  • Nicola Adams (women’s boxing gold, the first time the event has been held)
  • Ben Ainslie (sailing gold)

McIlroy is the only athlete on the list not to have competed in London.

Bradley Wiggins celebrating his victory in the 2012 Tour De France.

It’s a very impressive list and I’m sure the voting will be tight. The achievements I’ve included this year are only those from 2012 – these are increfdibly accomplished athletes and if I’d included all of their notable successes this would have been a very long blog.

 I predict Wiggins will win. Whether he should is another matter. He’d be a very worthy winner, there’s no doubt, but so would any of these nominees. This is a matter of  deciding who is most worthy. Whose feats were most difficult? Wiggins had to keep a lead over weeks of racing on the Tour De France. Is that more difficult than Sarah Storey practically lapping opponents on her way to 4 golds in the Velodrome, or Ennis’ excellence over 7 events, or McIlroy’s consistency over the season? It’s very subjective.

Who would you vote for?

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