Sports Personality of the Year 2022: Six nominees revealed

The BBC has announced its shortlist of six contenders for the 2022 Sports Personality of the Year award, and soccer star Beth Mead is expected to lift the trophy.

Other than Premier League champions Mead, the favorites are gymnast Jessica Jadirova, curler Eve Muirhead, cricketer Ben Stokes, snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan and athlete Jake Whiteman.

The winner will be decided by a public vote during the telecast splatter Wednesday’s Show Mead is a favorite among bookies after helping lead the Lionesses to historic victory at Euro 2022 over the summer, winning the Golden Boot as top scorer and being named player of the tournament.

Stokes won the award in 2019 and is in the running again after captaining Test series wins over New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan, where England’s ‘bazball’ style of play revolutionized the game’s longest form, while also starring in England’s T20 World Cup.

O’Sullivan claimed the gong for the first time at the age of 47 after equaling Stephen Hendry’s record by winning his seventh World Snooker Championship.

Muirhead’s Olympic career came to a golden end, as she led her curling rink to Team GB’s only gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics before announcing her retirement.

Meanwhile, Gadirova and Wightman become world champions in 2022, the 18-year-old gymnast Gadirova with her floor routine and Wightman in the 1500m at the IAAF World Championships.

The awards will be presented by Gary Lineker, Claire Balding, Gabe Logan and Alex Scott, with the six sports stars hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Emma Raducano.

Other awards to be announced include Young Sports Personality of the Year, Team and Coach of the Year, Unsung Hero and Helen Rollason Award.

Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi is the global sports star of the year.

Here’s what the six nominees achieved this year:

Jessica Gadirova

Gadyrova celebrates world gymnastics gold on floor with her sister Jennifer

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Gadyrova celebrates world gymnastics gold on floor with her sister Jennifer

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The 18-year-old gymnast did stellar in 2022, and is crowned as only the fifth British athlete to win an individual world title in artistic gymnastics. Gadirova achieved this with her routine in Liverpool in November, having previously taken home a team silver and all-around bronze. Gadyrova, a bronze medalist at the Olympics last summer, has retained her title in the European round.

Beth Mead

Meed lifts the Euro 2022 cup

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Meed lifts the Euro 2022 cup

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Lionesses will feature prominently on the BBC One programme, and it would be a huge surprise if Mead didn’t walk away with the main prize. The Arsenal forward was named Player of the Tournament in England’s success at Euro 2022 and also won the Golden Boot after scoring six goals and adding five assists. Her international record of 20 season was a new England record.

Eve Muirhead

Muirhead led Team GB to the gold medal in Beijing

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Muirhead led Team GB to the gold medal in Beijing

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A tough Winter Olympics run in Beijing for Britain came to a gold finish, as Skip Muirhead led the curling circuit to glory. Only the GB women made it past the quarter-final stage before they edged out Sweden and then battled it out for the final victory over Japan. Muirhead completed her collection of major titles with gold at the World Mixed Doubles Championships before announcing her retirement.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

O’Sullivan equaled Stephen Hendry’s world championship record and became the oldest winner of the title at the age of 46

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O’Sullivan equaled Stephen Hendry’s world championship record and became the oldest winner of the title at the age of 46

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Snooker’s oldest star claimed his seventh World Championship title in 2022 with an 18-13 victory over Judd Trump, equaling Stephen Hendry’s record and becoming the oldest title winner at the age of 46. O’Sullivan was ranked world No. 1 and also won the Tournament of Champions and Hong Kong Masters titles this year. He never wins in splatter nickname.

Ben Stokes

Stokes cemented England’s victory in the World Cup again

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Stokes cemented England’s victory in the World Cup again

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Stokes was voted Sportsperson of the Year in 2019 and is competing again after a very successful year. He has captained England to the T20 World Cup, held his nerve under enormous pressure, and overseen three Test series wins since being appointed captain in April. On Tuesday, he helped England write history by becoming the first team to win 3-0 in Pakistan.

Jake Whitman

Wightman became the first British 1500m champion in nearly 40 years

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Wightman became the first British 1500m champion in nearly 40 years

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Wightman had a stunning performance at the IAAF World Championships in Oregon in July to become the first British champion in the 1500m in nearly 40 years, with his father Geoff commentating the race in the stadium. The Scot completed his medal collection at other major tournaments over the summer, taking European silver and Commonwealth bronze.

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