Selection of the Sports Personality of the Year Contestants

(Clockwise from top left) Jessica Jadirová, Bette Mead, Eve Muirhead, Jake Whitman, Ben Stokes, and Ronnie O'Sullivan
(Clockwise from top left) Jessica Jadirová, Bette Mead, Eve Muirhead, Jake Whitman, Ben Stokes, and Ronnie O’Sullivan
Place: MediaCityUK in Salford Date: Wednesday 21st December Started: 18:45 GMT
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A shortlist of six finalists for the 2022 BBC Sports Award has been announced.

The nominees are gymnast Jessica Jadirova, soccer player Beth Mead, curler Eve Muirhead, cricketer Ben Stokes, snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan and athlete Jake Whiteman.

Voting will open during the show on BBC One on Wednesday 21 December.

Gary Lineker, Claire Balding, Gabe Logan and Alex Scott will present the 69th Annual Awards.

The programme, which was filmed at Media City in Salford, will celebrate 12 months of exciting sporting action.

The public can vote by phone or online on the night for the main prize, with full details announced during the show.

Other prizes to be announced include Young Sports Personality of the Year, team and coach of the year, Unknown hero and the Helen Rollason Award.

Eight-time gold medalist Usain Bolt will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, While the Argentine World Cup winning soccer player Lionel Messi is the International Sports Superstar of the Year.

The contestants for the sports personality

Jessica Gadirova

age: 18 sports: Gymnastics

Gadyrova has claimed to be a rising star in British gymnastics The ground went on the final day of the World Championships.

It was the English player’s third medal of the competition in Liverpool after winning a silver in the team event and a historic bronze in the all-around competition.

It was Britain’s first all-around medal, and Gadyrova became only the fifth British gymnast to win the individual world championship.

Gadrirova, who took home gold and silver at the European Championships, is also on the young sports personality shortlist with surfer Sky Brown and diver Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix.

She told BBC Sport: “I was absolutely shocked to be on that shortlist with such great athletes and to be recognized for my hard work and achievements, it’s just incredible.”

Beth Mead

age: 27 sports: football

Mead won the Golden Boot and Kahn Tournament player Where England achieved a historic victory in Euro 2022.

The Lionesses lifted their first major women’s tournament title with a 2-1 extra-time victory over eight-times champions Germany at Wembley.

“It was a proud moment for me and a surreal moment, to come out of that tunnel and go play football in front of a home crowd,” Mead said of the final, played in front of a record crowd of 87,192.

“Today in general, the hype in general, the atmosphere was honestly something I will never feel or experience again.”

Mead scored six goals and contributed five assists during the tournament as she recovered from the disappointment of not being selected to represent Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics the previous year.

The Arsenal striker was voted the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2022 and was runner-up in the FIFA World Cup women’s golden ball, Award given to the best soccer player in the world for the year.

Eve Muirhead

age: 32 sports: curling

Muirhead captained the Great Britain women’s team He won the gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

While skipping it, she took home an elusive gold medal in China at the fourth time of asking, the high point of her career during which she became Scotland’s most decorated curler.

“I look back and still wonder how you got through the lockdown, Covid, everything. It was such a rollercoaster, standing on top of the podium at the end of it all was so special,” she told BBC Sport.

In 2014, she was the youngest skip to win an Olympic medal as her team took home the bronze medal.

For Scotland, Muirhead won the European Championships three times and claimed her sixth world mixed doubles title earlier this year alongside Bobby Lamy before later announcing her retirement from the sport.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

age: 47 sports: snooker

O’Sullivan claimed him Seventh World Championship to equal Stephen Hendry’s modern-era record.

At 46 years old, he became the oldest world champion in Crucible history, defeating Ray Reardon, who won his sixth title at age 45 in 1978.

‘The Rocket’ cemented his place as one of snooker’s all-time greats with an 18-13 final victory over Judd Trump.

It was the 39th ranking title for the English player who holds almost every record in the game and also won the Tournament of Champions and the Hong Kong Masters in 2022.

O’Sullivan, who has sometimes spoken candidly about snooker and his fellow players, told BBC Sport: “Love/hate doesn’t come from hating the game, I’ve always loved the game, it’s just that my frustrations would spill out and spill over. It would be as if I fell in love with the game.”

“But only because I didn’t play the game at the level I wanted to play.”

Ben Stokes

age: 31 sports: cricket

Stokes, winner of the 2019 Sports Personality of the Year award, starred in the England Championship Won the Men’s T20 World Cup By defeating Pakistan in a thrilling final.

Under heavy pressure at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, Stokes was finally in at 52 not out.

Having inherited a team that had only won one in his last 17 Tests, England’s Stokes made seven out of eight in increasingly daring fashion against New Zealand, India and South Africa.

He also led England to one of their greatest overseas displays, with a bold declaration helping to secure victory at a record run rate in their first Test in Pakistan for 17 years and setting his team on the path to a historic 3-0 victory.

Stokes told BBC Sport: “I think it shows you don’t have to be stuck a certain way in Test cricket just because it’s been done for a long, long period of time. It’s different but it’s exciting to watch.”

Jake Whitman

age: 28 sports: athletics

Wightman has produced an amazing run to take 1500 m gold At the World Championships in Oregon.

The Scotsman was the first Briton to win the world title in the event since Steve Cram in 1983.

He produced a great finishing push to pass Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and clinch the title, which was called by his father Jeff who was the stadium announcer.

“It’s that moment when you cross the line, it’s just euphoria, I hope you can fill that in because it quickly fades away a little bit,” Whitman told BBC Sport.

“Disbelief and trauma are two things I will never go back to.”

Whiteman also won an 800m silver at the European Championships and a 1500m bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

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