#SPOTY- The Contenders

We look at the shortlist for the 62nd BBC Sports Personality of the year award and rate their chances

The shortlist for the 2016 Sports Personality of the year award was revealed earlier this week.

It was, as expected, dominated by Olympians after their record-breaking success in Rio, with other notable British sporting heroes.

Last year’s winner, Andy Murray is once again nominated after he solidified his place as world number one by beating Novak Djokovic in the Tour finals at the 02.

Here are the nominees in full:

Dame Sarah Storeysarah_storey_medals

Storey now has Olympic titles in both swimming and cycling. Her three golds in Rio, including a win in the C4-5 road race, made her Britain’s most successful female Paralympian with 14 medals

Adam Peaty:adam_peaty_rio_2016

The new golden boy of British swimming is nominated for the 3rd consecutive year, after he won men’s 100m breaststroke gold in Rio. He broke his own world record in the process and also picked up a silver medal in the 4x100m medley.

Nick Skelton:nick_skelton_-_our_greatest_team_parade

Aged 58, show jumping legend Nick Skelton won his first individual Olympic gold after coming through a tense 6-way jump off in Rio. Only one British man has ever won gold aged older than Skelton.

Kate Richardson-Walsh:great_britain_v_japan_281673702490429

Captained by Richard-Walsh, Great Britain’s women claimed a first gold in Rio. Alongside wife Helen, they became the first same-sex married couple to win Olympic Gold in the same final.

Nicola Adams:Nicola Adams v Cancan Ren, London 2012

Adams, 34, retained the Flyweight title she won in London. The first British boxer retain an Olympic gold in 92 years. No Female boxer has ever won the prize, with Adam’s previously finishing 8th in 2012.

Kadeena Cox:

Cox (Right)

Cox, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just two years ago, won Paralympic gold in both cycling and athletics. She won four golds in total and was selected to be GB flagbearer in the closing ceremony.

Alistair Brownlee:

Arguably, Brownlee’s most notable moment of the year was dragging his exhausted brother Jonny over the finish line during the Triathlon World Series. He also won the men’s Olympic triathlon title for the second Olympics in a row, ahead of brother Jonny.

Mo Farah:mopodiumrio2016

The Somali-born Farah cemented his place amongst British athletic legend by winning his third and fourth Olympic gold’s in Rio by retaining the titles he won in London. Farah will be hoping this can help him better his previous best finish of third in 2011.

Sophie Christiansen:Brasil ganha Bronze no hipismo, nas paralimpíadas

The 29 year old from Berkshire won three dressage golds in the women’s Paralympic dressage alongside her horse Athene. She was victorious in the mixed team event, grade 1a championship and individual freestyle.

Laura Kenny: laura_trott_2012

The first British woman to claim four Olympic titles, Laura is one half of Britain’s ‘golden couple’ alongside Jason, with ten Olympic golds between them. She also claimed a Track Cycling World Championship gold in 2016.

Jason Kenny:jason_kenny2c_our_greatest_team_parade

The other half of the ‘golden couple’, Kenny won his sixth gold in Rio, equalling Sir Chris Hoyes British Olympic record. The Bolton track cyclist won three golds in Rio and also won gold at the Track Cycling World Championships.

Max Whitlock:max_whitlock

The 23 year old won Britain’s first gymnastics gold and then followed it up with another one just an hour and a half later. Whitlock also picked up a Bronze in Rio.

Gareth Bale:gareth_bale_2015_28129

In a stellar year for Welsh football, the former Tottenham man shone for both club and country. He scored 3 times as Wales reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and won the Champions league for the second time with Real Madrid.

Jamie Vardy:jamie_vardy_08_sierpnia_2015

Vardy’s unlikely tale of a non-league player to Premier league title winner is one for the movies, literally. His 24 goals and Premier League record of scoring in 11 consecutive matches inspired 5000-1 Leicester City to the seemingly impossible.

Danny Willet:danny_willet

Became the first Brit to win the Masters in 20 years after a shock victory at Augusta. He also competed in his first Ryder Cup and finished second in the Race for Dubai.

Andy Murray:

The Scot enjoyed another great year after his SPOTY winning 2015, finally reaching World Number 1 and winning a second Wimbldeon title. He also finished andy_murray_28us_open_201229_cropped_16-9runner up in two majors and helped Britain to a Davis Cup semi-final.

Who’s going to win?

After a great Olympics and Paralympics, perhaps many people will be voting for Team GB athletes. However, with so many on the shortlist, that vote may be too spread out to see one of Olympian take the top prize. I’d say Adam Peaty has a chance. He’s performed well in the last two years, despite it not being Olympic year and as seen during the games, is a popular figure. Max Whitlock might not be far away either.

Jamie Vardy’s rise has seen him become somewhat of a working-mans hero, so he has an outside chance.

But my pick has to be Mo Farah. The country has really taken him to their hearts and after another incredible year, he deserves it.


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