Olympic and Paralympic champions dominate the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, which has been announced this evening.

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Olympic and Paralympic champions dominate the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, which has been announced this evening.

Tennis ace Andy Murray, cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins, athletes Mo Farah and David Weir, sailor Ben Ainslie plus golfer Rory McIlroy are in the mix for the coveted top award.

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis, cyclist Sarah Storey, boxer Nicola Adams, swimmer Ellie Simmonds and rower Katherine Grainger are also in the running.

Who will you be voting for as Sports Personality of the Year? Or has your favourite been left out? Leave your comments below.

Not a single woman made it on to last year’s final shortlist despite a strong year of competition. The controversy triggered a review of the process for this year’s event, which has also produced a shortlist that includes two more sports personalities than usual. An expert panel has also been introduced, which will judge the prizes for Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and the Overseas Personality Award.

There was no place on the list for cyclist Jason Kenny who won two golds at London 2012 to add to the gold and silver medal he had already clinched at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, or for fellow cyclist Laura Trott, who also won two golds at London 2012.

The impressive performance of triathlete Alistair Brownlee in clinching gold at the Olympics was not enough to get him on the list.

There is also no place for star names including Paralympic T44 100m champion Jonnie Peacock and para-equestrian rider Sophie Christiansen whose golden hat trick at London 2012 means she now has five golds, a silver and bronze medal from three Paralympics.

Leaving these deserving athletes off the list was “very difficult,” according to Barbara Slater, the BBC’s sport director.

She wrote in her blog: “The panel also reflected long and hard on the heroics of stars from other sports such as (Europe’s Ryder Cup golf hero) Ian Poulter during the ‘miracle of Medinah’, the continued brilliance of Carl Froch and the ‘magnificent seven’ from Champion Jockey Richard Hughes - in any other year these sportspeople would probably be front-runners to win the overall award.

“If we ever needed reminding just how special a sporting year it has been, then the list of those sportspeople who did not make the final 12 is testament to that.”

After a golden summer of home-grown sport including the London 2012 Games, the event promises to be the biggest in the programme’s 59-year history. It is being held at London’s ExCeL centre on December 16.

Who will you be voting for as Sports Personality of the Year? Or has your favourite been left out? Leave your comments below.

8 comments

  • Some fantastic sportsmen and women on that list and some omissions, but Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France for heaven's sake! He. Won. The. Tour. De. France! Nothing, but nothing can top that. Plus, hevhasva personality. Bradley will walk it.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • So many great sports men and women to choose from. Horse riders will not have a chance however. Sports that are only available to the super rich (which at this level is the case) will never appeal to the majority of voters as good as their achievements were.

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    baguio

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I would have voted for Nick Skelton the show jumper who helped Britain win its first show-jumping gold medal for fifty-nine years. Not bad for a guy in his mid-fifties who had made a comeback after breaking his neck. Or what about Charlotte Dujardin the dressage rider who took Olympic Individual gold AND team gold - the first ever for Britain!

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    Boadicea 1959

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Nicola Adams will walk away with this award, the smiling assassin made the Olympics for me.....Animals shouldn't be in the Olympics, so dressage should banned.

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    nrg

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • surely Nick Skelton or Charlotte du Jardin would be considered a team ? they wouldn't have won anything without a horse .. has to be Wiggins for me. won the Tour de France without drugs and smashed the opposition, competed at the Olympics too, mammoth effort - and he has the best side-burns

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    Tim Will

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I agree absolutely with Boadicea 1959! Charlotte duJardin with 2 golds should surely have been included, after all, GB had never before in Olympic history won a dressage gold and she took the individual gold and then helped the team GB take gold. Just amazed that she wasn't shortlisted - she deserved to be! And where's Victoria Pendleton??!! This Sports Personality Event has become a joke!!

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    Shirley Scott

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I hope that Mo Farah wins because he seems like such a genuinely nice guy as well as a world class athlete.His 10k win on 'Super Saturday' was the sporting highlight of a great GB sporting year for me.No mention of any footballers though,I wonder why that is? Perhaps because too many footballers come across as arrogant,sleazy,and thouroughly unsportsmanlike.The once beautiful game has become grotesque,and it's great that so many other sports now have role models that people can look up to.

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    Nexus_6

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • GUY MARTIN. A PROPER personality. And it takes real guts to race at the Isle Of Man and other road races.

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    Lord Elf

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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