After one of the greatest years in British sporting history, Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding host the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, live from London’s ExCeL on BBC One and BBC One HD.
In front of a crowd of over 15,000 people, the star-studded event will feature some of the greatest names in world sport, with the evening culminating in the presentation of one of the most coveted awards in sport, which is chosen by viewers live on the night.
There are 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award this year to reflect such an extraordinary year, and with so much to look back on from the last 12 months, the show has been extended by an extra half-an-hour.
The 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will bring down the curtain on a historic 12 months of sport and you can enjoy the entire ceremony live on BBC One from 7.30pm on Sunday, December 16.
As well as the main accolade of Sports Personality of the Year, other awards include a very special Lifetime Achievement Award, which will honour a true sporting legend.
The Duchess of Cambridge will be presenting the famous BBC trophy to the winner at the end of the show, plus the Lifetime Achievement Award to Lord Sebastian Coe.
He led the successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Game, and oversaw a memorable Games as chairman of organisers LOCOG.
Further awards will be made to the Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and Overseas Sports Personality, plus Young Sports Personality of the Year, Sports Unsung Hero and the Helen Rollason Award, which recognises courage, achievement and the ability to inspire others in the face of adversity.
The ceremony will also review what has been one of the memorable and remarkable years in global sport.
Highlights of which undoubtedly include the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which produced a plethora of memorable golden moments for British athletes.
But 2012 was also the year that saw Andy Murray’s historic US Open victory, Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France triumph, Manchester City’s remarkable comeback to win the Premier League title and Chelsea’s Champions League victory.
It was also the year that saw Wales secure their 11th Grand Slam in the Six Nations, Rory McIlroy’s record-breaking win at the US PGA Championship which cemented his status as the world number one golfer, and Europe’s sensational eleventh-hour victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup.
This year’s shortlist, revealed on the BBC’s One Show programme by Gary Lineker, reflects the success of a truly remarkable year and the exceptional achievements of British sportsmen and women.. 2012 AWARD WINNERS
BBC Sports Personality of the Year – BRADLEY WIGGINS
Team of the Year – TeamGB & ParalympicsGB
Coach of the Year – David Brailsford
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year – Usain Bolt
Young Sports Personality of the Year – Josef Craig
Lifetime Achievement – Lord Sebastian Coe
Helen Rollason Award – Martine Wright
Sports Unsung Hero – Sue & Jim Houghton
The 12 shortlisted contenders will now compete for the public vote on the night of the live show, and a capacity crowd of 15,000 at the ExCel in London will make it the biggest show in the event’s 59-year history, with the running time extended to two-and-a-half hours.
It will be a star-studded climax to 12 months of sport which saw London host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In a change to previous years, an expert panel of sports specialists, headed by the BBC’s director of sport Barbara Slater, put together the shortlist for the 2012 show.
With an array of candidates to choose from, the panel faced some difficult choices in finalising the shortlist, which was extended from 10 to 12 to reflect a this momentous year for British sport.
Olympic and Paralympic athletes dominate the shortlist, with cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy, tennis star Andy Murray, and athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah all included.
Rower Katherine Grainger, golfer Rory McIlroy, boxer Nicola Adams and sailor Ben Ainslie are other hopefuls, plus Paralympians Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmonds and David Weir also make the list for the award.
The expert panel will also choose the first, second and third places for the Team of the Year, Overseas Personality of the Year and Coach of the Year awards.
Chair of the panel Barbara Slater, the BBC’s director of sport said: “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.”
“This year’s Sports Personality of the Year will be a celebration of what has been a truly unique year for sport in the UK.
“We are incredibly proud to be hosting the sporting grand finale for such a remarkable year.”
Live coverage of the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of Year begins at 7.30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD, hosted by Sue Barker and Gary Lineker, with Clare Balding joining the presenting roster after the huge acclaim she received for her broadcasting work during London 2012.
BBC Radio 5 live has full audio commentary of the entire ceremony, plus extended reaction, interviews and behind the scenes features in a special four-and-a-half hour broadcast, presented by John Inverdale, Michael Vaughan and Matt Dawson.
.Sunday 16th December BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 Presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker & Clare Balding LIVE: 7.30pm-10.05pm – BBC One / BBC One HD – WATCH LIVE LIVE: 7.00pm-11.30pm – BBC Radio 5 live – LISTEN LIVE BBC SPOTY Red Carpet + 5 live Preview Build-up as the sports stars arrive on the red carpet at ExCeL LIVE: 6.15pm-7.30pm – BBC News Channel / BBC Red Button BBC Sports Personality of the Year Extra John Inverdale talks to the winners (simulcast on BBC Radio 5 live) LIVE: 10.05pm-11.30pm – BBC Red Button
Twelve contenders will be in with a chance of winning the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday, 16 December.
The shortlist was put together by a specialist panel of experts and the winner of the award will be voted for by the public on the night.
Here’s a look at the contenders looking to follow cyclist Mark Cavendish and collect the coveted BBC SPOTY award in 2012:
8th Place – 35,560 – 2.19%
The flyweight fought her way into the history books when she became the first woman win an Olympic boxing title.
Despite two previous world championship final defeats by her opponent Ren Cancan, Adams overcame the Chinese fighter 16-7 in the gold medal bout.
9th Place – 35,600 – 2.17%
Clinched his fourth straight gold medal to become the most decorated Olympic sailor in history.
Ainslie, who also won a silver in 1996, was driven to success after the tactics of his rivals upset him and overtook Dane Paul Elvstrom’s record of four golds that had stood since 1960.
2nd Place – 372,765 – 22.92%
Set three personal bests in the seven events as she swept to gold in the Olympic heptathlon.
Her total of 6,955 points was 306 ahead of German silver medallist Lilli Schwarzkopf and victory kick-started a golden hour for British athletics with subsequent victories for long jumper Greg Rutherford and runner Mo Farah.
4th Place – 131,327 – 8.07%
Won golds on successive Saturday nights, becoming the first Briton – and only the seventh man in history – to win both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the same Olympic Games.
Farah, whose “Mobot” celebration was mimicked by sprint champion Usain Bolt, also became the first man to successfully defend the European 5,000m title. His wife Tania gave birth to twin girls just weeks after the Olympics finished.
11th Place – 28,626 – 1.76%
It was a case of fourth time lucky for Grainger as she finally gained an Olympic rowing gold medal after three silvers at successive Games.
She and Anna Watkins surged to victory in the final of the women’s double sculls for their 23rd consecutive win. Grainger became the first female British athlete in any sport to win a medal at four successive Olympics.
7th Place – 42,961 – 2.64%
Two cycling titles in London gave Hoy a British record six Olympic golds in all, one more than rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave.
Having won on the first night of the track cycling in the men’s team sprint, Hoy’s emotional triumph in the keirin was the perfect velodrome finale for Team GB.
10th Place – 29,729 – 1.83%
A stunning eight-shot victory at the US PGA Championship was the second Major of McIlroy’s career and made him the youngest player to achieve that feat since Seve Ballesteros.
He then featured in Europe’s Ryder Cup comeback victory over the United States and also topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic, to secure the world number one spot.
3rd Place – 230,444 – 14.17%
Murray ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a British major tennis champion with victory in an epic US Open final against Novak Djokovic.
Two months earlier, the Scot was beaten in the men’s final at Wimbledon by Roger Federer, but reversed that result to win Olympic gold and also picked up a mixed doubles silver with partner Laura Robson.
6th Place – 102,894 – 6.33%
Won two Paralympic swimming golds in London to add to the two titles she secured as a 14-year-old four years earlier.
Simmonds broke her own world record to win the SM6 200m individual medley final, just two days after gold in the S6 400m freestyle. She also won silver in the S6 100m freestyle and bronze in the S6 50m freestyle.
12th Place – 10,342 – 0.64%
Storey’s Paralympic career reached new heights in London as she added four cycling titles for a British record-equalling total of 11 gold medals.
Her overall total of 22 medals is as many as the Olympic record held by swimmer Michael Phelps and come from two sports. She previously won five golds in swimming before switching to cycling for the 2008 Games.
5th Place – 114,633 votes – 7.05%
The wheelchair racer, nicknamed ‘Weirwolf’, won a clean sweep of four gold medals at his home Paralympics.
He dominated the T54 category, winning the 800m, 1500m, 5,000m and marathon titles to give him a career total of 10 Paralympic medals.
Earlier in the year, he also triumphed in the wheelchair race at the London Marathon for a record-equalling sixth time – matching Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson.
WINNER – 492,064 votes – 30.25%
Favourite to claim the 2012 crown, ‘Wiggo’ became the first British man to win the Tour de France, and then went on to claim the fourth Olympic gold medal of his career.
Wiggins made the leader’s yellow jersey his own from early on in Le Tour’s gruelling 20-stage, 2,173-mile race. His victory in the men’s time trial at London 2012 gave him a record-equalling seventh Olympic medal for a British sportsman.
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The public will be able to vote for their BBC Sports Personality of the Year by telephone.
Details of the numbers to vote on will be announced during the programme.
For further information and updates, visit bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality.