So the top 12 nominees have finally been announced for Sports Personality of the Year 2012 and we have to admit we are quite pleased with the list. This time a year ago the female sporting world had just about detonated with anger at the exclusion of any women from the shortlist, an error in judgement that the BBC were very keen this year not to replicate and have managed to avoid, with the inclusion of five ovary-equipped people into the list this time round. The list this year is also completely Team GB dominated, with 11 out of the 12 finalists winning at least one gold medal at London 2012 – Rory McIlroy cuts a very lonely figure as the only non Para/Olympian.
All five female nominees have been so fantastic this year that they don’t really need any introductions or descriptions as to why they’ve made the list, however I shall write one anyway. So without further ado, here’s the women who have captured the sporting nation this year:
JEnnis – I’m not going to lie, if she hadn’t been included I would have probably marched down to the BBC myself and slapped all those in charge of the shortlist. Yes, even you Tanni Grey-Thompson, even you.
Nicola Adams – has done for the world of female boxing what Newton did for the idea of gravity. She proved it’s existence and has made sure her name will forever be associated with it.
Sarah Storey – After bossing her way to a further 4 cycling gold medals this Paralympics Sarah Storey is actually my personal choice to win this year. Her achievements over the last 20 years are phenomenal and she can only be one of a few athletes ever to have achieved so highly in two very different sports.
Ellie Simmonds – A Paralympic veteran at 17, Ellie’s S6 400m freestyle final against USA’s Victoria Arlen this year has to possibly be one of the races of both the para and Olympics.
Katherine Grainger – it took four Olympics, but finally Katherine’s gold medal dreams came reality at London 2012. Need I also add she is three times Olympic silver medallist, six time world champion and she and her crew mate Anna Watkins smashed the Double Sculls Olympic record before winning their gold?
And the best of the rest: (by rest I mean very high achieving men!)
So there’s your lot. Personally I would have quite liked to have seen Charlotte Dujardin and/or Sophie Christiansen featured too but the decision is already going to be hard enough without more names added to the list!