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Sports Personality of the Year 2012
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Gary Lineker revealed recently that Des Lynam called the Sports Personality theme tune “the best laxative known to man”. He has a point. Any live show in front of 15,000 spectators would make even the most seasoned presenter feel nervous.
But this year in particular is likely to have Lineker and co-hosts Sue Barker and Clare Balding shaking at the knees as they attempt to do justice to 2012’s unprecedented sporting triumphs in little more than two and a half hours. All we need do, thankfully, is sit back and bask in the warm afterglow of our sporting summer one more time.
Oh, and vote, of course. Vote for the stories that touched us, the characters that inspired us, and the memories that will stay with us.
Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding present this year's ceremony live from the ExCeL in London, where the successor to Mark Cavendish will be crowned from a shortlist of 12. Those to have been selected by a panel of former athletes, journalists and members of the BBC are Andy Murray, Ben Ainslie, Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy, David Weir, Ellie Simmonds, Jessica Ennis, Katherine Grainger, Mo Farah, Nicola Adams, Rory McIlroy and Sarah Storey. As expected, several of Britain's gold-medal winning Olympic stars are in contention, including Jessica Ennis, winner in the heptathlon and seen by many as the poster girl for the Games, and Mo Farah, who claimed an unlikely double in the 5,000m and 10,000m. They are bound to face stiff competition from Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and US Open champion Andy Murray, with the pair also winning gold themselves at London 2012. And though he may be the only sportsman not to have featured at either of the Games, Rory McIlroy cannot be discounted having won the USPGA Championship, helped Europe to win the Ryder Cup and finished at the top of the US and European Tour money lists. In addition to the main prize, awards will be handed out in categories such as Team of the Year and Coach of the Year, while the Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to a sporting legend, and the Helen Rollason Award will be bestowed upon someone who epitomises courage and has the ability to inspire others. Subsequent programmes subject to change.
Full Episode Guide
Sports Personality 2012: Jessica Ennis - "my feet haven't touched the ground"
The London 2012 poster girl on winning her Olympic heptathlon gold medal and living up to the hype and expectations of a nation
Sports Personality 2012: David Weir - "The Paralympics changed people's perceptions"
Sports Personality 2012: Sarah Storey - "The Games touched peoples lives"
Sports Personality 2012: Andy Murray - "Super Saturday was so inspiring"
Sports Personality 2012: Chris Hoy - "the past four years have got progressively harder"
Sports Personality 2012: Ellie Simmonds - "The best thing about it all is being a role model"
Sports Personality 2012: Katherine Grainger - "This year was all about Girl Power"
Sports Personality 2012: Mo Farah - "I could feel them willing me to run faster"
The highs and lows of Sports Personality of the Year 2012
Bradley Wiggins's Sports Personality win attracts huge ratings
Bradley Wiggins wins Sports Personality of the Year 2012
Who do you want to win Sports Personality of the Year 2012?