BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022 – Live Updates

Ellie Simmonds announces the first winner of the night and it’s … Gadirova! “Thank you to my support team, my coaches, British Gymnastics and my friends and family,” she says. “This goes out to you, I would not have been able to achieve this without you and you mean the world to me.”

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Clare Stokes, Ben Stokes’s wife, has posted a photo of him on Instagram wrapped up in a blanket and looking a little under the weather. “All ready for #spoty here! Except @stokesy has come home with a stomach bug,” reads the caption.

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It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? Where we all argue over the Sports Personality of the Year Award and whether it’s a) a national institution b) totally pointless or c) somewhere in between. “Umm, err, have you heard of nuance? It’s obviously c),” is what a smarty-pants might say. This blog is for those who think it’s either a) or b), a binary choice with no room for nuance whatsoever. Because what is sport all about, if not having a massive argument just for the sake of it?

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Among this year’s Spoty contenders, Beth Mead is the overwhelming favourite. Having won Euro 2022 with England, scoring a joint-highest six goals at the tournament alongside Germany’s Alexandra Popp, few would begrudge her the award. Ben Stokes is also in the mix, having revitalised the England cricket team alongside Brendon McCullum, the Test coach, while also helping the white-ball side to win the T20 World Cup under the guidance of Matthew Mott.

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Jessica Gadirova, the gymnast who won floor gold at the world championships, Eve Muirhead, who led Team GB to curling gold at the Winter Olympics, Jake Wightman, who won 1,500m gold in the world athletics championships, and Ronnie O’Sullivan, the snooker legend, complete the shortlist. But who will win? Let’s find out.

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Jessica Jadirova wins Young Spoty

Ellie Simmonds announces the first winner of the night… Gadirova! “Thank you to my support team, my coaches, British Gymnastics and my friends and family,” she says. “This comes out to you, I never would have been able to make it through without you and you mean the world to me.”

Gadyrova is next. “I gave everything I had, kept everything, focused on myself and tried to put on the best performance for Great Britain, a performance that everyone can remember,” said Logan, when asked about her Golden Globes.

Jessica Jadyrova shows off her gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool
Jessica Jadyrova shows off her gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool. Photograph: Peter Byrne/Penn

There is a tribute to Eddie Butler, The international broadcaster and former Welsh rugby union legend whose melodic baritone has become inherently associated with the Six Nations in particular. He died in September, at the age of 65.

It’s time for a montage of the beautiful game. The proof is in the pudding, and the pudding in this case is… football.

O’Sullivan is next. He speaks to Lineker via video link from Dubai, where he is on holiday. “I love the game, I love the competition, and if you love what you do, you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning and do it,” he says. There is a pause. “By the way, how are you Gary, ok?”

Ronnie O'Sullivan is basking in his seventh world title
Ronnie O’Sullivan is basking in his seventh world title. Photo: Zach Goodwin/PA

Muirhead was the first to speak to the presenters, A later montage shows her family members talking about her lifelong dedication to curling. “On the back of qualifying to Beijing, we did it the hard way, but I think as an individual and as a team we learned a ton there… Before we knew it, we were standing on top of that podium with our medals.”

Eve Muirhead (right) celebrates with Vicki Wright after winning the gold medal in Beijing
Eve Muirhead (right) celebrates with Vicki Wright after winning the gold medal in Beijing. Photograph: Evelyn Hochstein/Reuters

In addition to the main prize, The Young Sports Personality of the Year Award, Team and Coach of the Year Award, Unsung Hero Award and Helen Rollason will also be presented this evening. Spotty’s young contenders are Gadirova – again – Andrea Spindolini Sirix, diver, and Sky Brown, skier.

Spoty is officially in the works. Sit back, relax and enjoy the montage.

England manager Sarina Wegman (left) catches up with her former defender Elaine White as they wait for the show to begin
England manager Sarina Wegman (left) catches up with her former defender Elaine White as they wait for the show to begin. Photo: David Davis/Penn

Our first part of the correspondence, From Adrian Fowell via email. 64% of YouGov polls don’t know [who should win]. Doesn’t that say it all? shrug Put Adrian down ab).

Stokes to miss the concert with a stomach bug

Claire Stokes, Ben Stokes’ wife, posted a photo to Instagram of him wrapped in a blanket and looking a little under the weather. “Everything ready for #spoty is here! Except @stokesy came home with a stomach bug,” the caption reads.

Ben Stokes in action against Pakistan
Bad luck, Ben. Photography: Nick Potts/PA

Does any fan of the democratic process read this blog? Well, you’re in luck, because you can vote for the winner during tonight’s show, either online or over the phone. This is how Spoty works, in case anyone needs a reminder. They will announce details once the program starts at 6.45pm (GMT).

in case of interest, Tonight’s hosts are Gary Lineker, Claire Balding, Gabe Logan and Alex Scott. This is Spoty’s 69th edition, which began in 1954.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year, announcers of the year Gary Lineker, Gabe Logan, Claire Balding and Alex Scott pose as they arrive for the event
Lineker, Logan, Balding and Scott pose for the cameras as they arrive at the event. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

A word to O’Sullivan, The oldest rider is 47 years old. He won his seventh World Snooker Championship in May, defeating Judd Trump 18-13 to equal Stephen Hendry’s modern-day record. His first world title came back in 2001, 21 years before his last win. It was his 39th career title, a record, and his 74 Crucible wins, also a record.

To give her full credit, While Mead scored the most combined goals at Euro 2022 alongside Pope, she finished as the tournament’s top scorer thanks to her five assists. She was also on fire for Arsenal in the Women’s Premier League this year, although her season was severely disrupted by a serious knee injury.

Beth Maid poses with the Euro 2022 Cup after England's 2-1 final win over Germany
Beth Maid poses with the Euro 2022 Cup after England’s 2-1 final win over Germany. Photo: Lynne Cameron/FA/Getty Images

Who answered b) then? This is a YouGov poll that should add some fuel to the fire. Putting aside the 64% who don’t know who should win Spoty, Mead has a narrow lead over Stokes with the British public. Wightman is the left-most option.

Who should win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022 award? Brits believes she will return home to striker Beth Mead

Beth Maid: 12%
Ben Stokes: 10%
Ronnie O’Sullivan: 6%
Eve Muirhead: 4%
Jesica Jadirová: 2%
Jake Whitman: 1%
Don’t know: 64% https://t.co/dj0txElYHW pic.twitter.com/L8BadUyNUH

– YouGov December 21, 2022

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Who should win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022 award? Brits believes she will return home to striker Beth Mead

Beth Maid: 12%
Ben Stokes: 10%
Ronnie O’Sullivan: 6%
Eve Muirhead: 4%
Jesica Jadirová: 2%
Jake Whitman: 1%
Don’t know: 64% https://t.co/dj0txElYHW pic.twitter.com/L8BadUyNUH

– YouGov December 21, 2022

Preamble

It’s that time of year again, right? Where we’re all arguing about the Sports Personality of the Year award and whether it’s a) a national institution b) totally meaningless or c) somewhere in between. “Um, wrong, did you hear about the nuances? It’s obviously c), ”is what the elegant pantsuit might say. This blog is for those who believe it is either a), or b), a binary option in which there is absolutely no room for nuance. Because what is sport all about, if there isn’t much controversy just for the sake of it?

Among the contenders for this year’s Spoty, Beth Mead is a frontrunner. Having won Euro 2022 with England, scoring the tournament’s highest six goals alongside Germany’s Alexandra Popp, not many will begrudge her the award. Ben Stokes is also in the mix, having revitalized the England cricket team along with Test coach Brendon McCollum, while also helping the white-ball team win the T20 World Cup under the stewardship of Matthew Mott.

Jessica Gadirova, the gymnast who won gold at the World Championships, Eve Muirhead, who led Team GB to curling gold at the Winter Olympics, Jake Whiteman, who won 1500m gold at the World Championships in Athletics, and Ronnie O’Sullivan, the snooker legend, Complete the shortlist. But who will win? Let’s find out.


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