Sports Personality: 2015 contenders

Sports Personality 2015: The contenders

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Sports Personality 2015: The 12 contenders

Who will we opinion for to be BBC Sports Personality of a Year for 2015?

The 12 contenders for this year’s endowment have been announced with a leader to be suggested during a live uncover in Belfast on Sunday, 20 December.

You can opinion by phone or online during a programme, that will be screened on BBC One, with serve coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and a BBC Sport website.

Here’s a demeanour during a sports stars in with a possibility of fasten a star-studded list of prior winners, that includes Bobby Moore, Princess Anne, Sir Steve Redgrave and David Beckham.

Lizzie Armitstead

Age: 26 Sport: Cycling

A dream was realised when Armitstead became universe highway foe champion with a monumental delight in America.

The Olympic china medallist won a tiresome 130km foe by a circle in Richmond, Virginia.

Armitstead also claimed a British pretension – usually 11 days after being taken to sanatorium following a pile-up during a Women’s Tour.

What she said: “All a failures I’ve had in a past, ups and downs, usually creates it some-more special.”

Did we know? She warms adult for a morning float with a play of porridge, with berries, cinnamon and nuts, and a coffee.

Sports Personality record: First nomination. Four cyclists have formerly won a endowment – Tommy Simpson (1965), Sir Chris Hoy (2008), Mark Cavendish (2011) and Sir Bradley Wiggins (2012).

Lucy Bronze

Age: 24 Sport: Football

England’s footballers finished story with a best-ever third placed finish during a Women’s World Cup in Canada and Bronze was among a stars.

The Manchester City defender was one of 8 players shortlisted for a Golden Ball actor of a contest award.

She scored twice as England won new fans – their semi-final attracting a rise assembly of 2.4 million viewers behind home, notwithstanding kicking off during midnight.

What she said: “I’m not aiming to be a best right-back in a world, I’m usually aiming to be a best actor we can and if they occur to coincide afterwards even better.”

Did we know? Bronze used to play a saxophone as a child and still has one during home.

Sports Personality record: First nomination; initial womanlike footballer on shortlist.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Age: 29 Sport: Athletics

Headline writers called it a “mother of all comebacks” as Ennis-Hill won her second universe heptathlon pretension in Aug 13 months after a birth of her son Reggie.

She had usually motionless to contest in Beijing a prior month, carrying returned to training in a autumn of 2014.

It was a initial time in 3 years she had competed during a vital championships in a eventuality that consists of a 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, prolonged jump, pike chuck and 800m.

What she said: “We spoke about a bronze endowment and that it would be extraordinary for a china medal, though we never spoke about gold. we kind of suspicion it was a small over me this year.”

Did we know? Ennis is a psychology connoisseur from a University of Sheffield.

Sports Personality record: 2nd, 2012; 3rd 2010; 3rd 2009. Athletics has supposing a Sports Personality leader on 17 occasions, with Kelly Holmes a final favourite in 2004. Heptathlete Denise Lewis was second in 1998 and 2000.

Mo Farah

Age: 32 Sport: Athletics

The initial male to lift off a triple double – triumphing in dual entertainment events during dual World Championships and an Olympics.

Farah won his third unbroken 5,000m universe bullion endowment in Beijing in August, carrying already defended his 10,000m title.

It finished a pretentious 7 for a Somali-born curtain – his seventh tellurian lane pretension in a row.

What he said: “It’s good to make history. we didn’t feel great, my hammy (hamstring) was personification adult a bit, though a medical group helped me by it.”

Did we know? Farah uses an underwater treadmill, that helps him to run additional miles though a same risk of damage as when using outside.

Sports Personality record: 4th, 2013; 4th, 2012; 3rd, 2011. Of a 17 entertainment winners, Brendan Foster was a final long-distance curtain to delight in 1974.

Chris Froome

Age: 30 Sport: Cycling

Four years ago, a British cyclist had never won a tiresome three-week Tour de France. Now Froome has finished it twice.

He took over where 2012 leader Sir Bradley Wiggins left off by triumphing a year later, and claimed a second attainment in July.

The Kenyan-born Team Sky supplement showed good grace as he shrugged off abuse, including being squabble during and carrying urine thrown over him, to overcome again.

What he said: “No diver should have to go by what we went through.”

Did we know? Froome won a gift bike foe aged 13 notwithstanding being knocked over by his mother, who was pushing alongside.

Sports Personality record: 6th, 2013. Between 2008 and 2012, cycling had 3 of a 5 annual endowment winners.

Tyson Fury

Age: 27 Sport: Boxing

In a behind yard of a feted universe champion who had not mislaid for 11 years, Manchester warrior Fury claimed one of boxing’s biggest upsets.

He became Britain’s initial universe heavyweight champion for 6 years when outpointing Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf.

The contentious ‘Gypsy King’ is dominant in 25 fights – 18 of those victories entrance around knockout.

What he said: “It is a start of a new era. we will be a many charismatic champion given Muhammad Ali.”

Did we know? Fury was innate 3 months beforehand in 1988, weighing in during 1lb – doctors described his possibility of presence as slim.

Sports Personality record: First nomination. Four boxers have been celebrated – Henry Cooper (1967), Barry McGuigan (1985), Lennox Lewis (1999) and Joe Calzaghe (2007).

Lewis Hamilton

Age: 30 Sport: Formula 1

Hamilton won a third Formula 1 pretension to turn usually a second British male after Sir Jackie Stewart to grasp a feat.

The driver, from Hertfordshire, edged out team-mate Nico Rosberg with a stirring United States Grand Prix victory, his 10th of a campaign.

Hamilton upheld Ayrton Senna’s symbol of 41 career foe wins, and assimilated his childhood favourite by winning 3 championships.

What he said: “Since we was a small boy, we have wanted to win 3 Formula 1 universe titles – since that’s a series that Ayrton Senna won.”

Did we know? Hamilton initial seemed on a BBC’s Blue Peter programme aged seven, and won 3 Blue Peter badges before being celebrated with a bullion one.

Sports Personality record: 1st, 2014; 2nd, 2008; 2nd, 2007

Andy Murray

Age: 28 Sport: Tennis

The 2013 BBC Sports Personality helped make story by running Great Britain to their initial Davis Cup attainment for 79 years.

Scot Murray was a group talisman, winning all 11 of his crater matches during 2015, and triumphing 3 times in some-more than 8 hours on justice in a final opposite Belgium in Ghent.

A two-time vital leader in his career, this year he reached a final of a Australian Open and a semi-finals of both Wimbledon and a French Open.

What he said: “It’s implausible that we managed to win this competition. we didn’t know that would ever be possible. It’s great.”

Did we know? One of Murray’s dogs is called Maggie May, after a Rod Stewart song, and has a possess Twitter comment with scarcely 30,000 followers.

Sports Personality record: 1st, 2013; 3rd, 2012; 5th 2011; 7th, 2009; 6th, 2008; 8th, 2007. Also nominated 2005, 2006. Young Sports Personality 2004.

Adam Peaty

Age: 20 Sport: Swimming

Gold in a 50m breaststroke meant Peaty was a initial male to finish a 50m and 100m double during a World Swimming Championships.

He afterwards helped Great Britain win a churned 4x100m miscellany send bullion in a universe record time in Kazan.

Peaty, who trains in Derby, has been sloping to be a initial British male for 28 years to win Olympic swimming bullion during Rio 2016.

What he said: “We fought for each inch. We left it all on a battlefield”- after send triumph.

Did we know? Peaty was so frightened of H2O as a immature child that he would roar with apprehension if put in a bath.

Sports Personality record: 10th, 2014. Two swimmers have been BBC Sports Personality of a Year – Ian Black (1958) and Anita Lonsbrough (1962).

Greg Rutherford

Age: 29 Sport: Athletics

Rutherford’s bullion during a World Championships in Beijing cemented his place as stream aristocrat of a prolonged burst – adding to his Olympic, European and Commonwealth titles.

Only 4 other Britons – Daley Thompson, Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell and Jonathan Edwards – have ever hold all 4 titles during a same time.

Rutherford felt ill progressing in a day, with dehydration and a headache, though jumped a track record 8.41m – violence his nearest opposition by 17cm.

What he said: “It’s unbelievable. This was my best ever performance. The stresses this year, we can’t even demonstrate to you.”

Did we know? Rutherford and his father laid a prolonged burst runway and sandpit in his behind garden to assistance with training.

Sports Personality record: First nomination. Long jumper Mary Rand won in 1964, while triple jumper Jonathan Edwards took a 1995 award.

Kevin Sinfield

Age: 35 Sport: Rugby league

Finished his rugby joining career on a high, featuring in Leeds Rhinos’ treble-securing Super League Grand Final win opposite Wigan.

The former England captain spent scarcely dual decades with a Rhinos, creation his entrance during 16, and in 2015 became usually a fourth rugby joining actor to pass 4,000 career points.

At a age of 35, a eventuality has switched to kinship with Yorkshire Carnegie.

What he said: “To tip it off with a three-way in a final year is unbelievable. It is something we will delight forever.”

Did we know? His sporting favourite flourishing adult was former England footballer Gary Lineker.

Sports Personality record: First nomination. A rugby joining actor has never featured in a tip 3 of a categorical award, nonetheless Wigan (1994) and St Helens (2006) took group of a year honours.

Max Whitlock

Age: 22 Sport: Gymnastics

Denying team-mate Louis Smith by 0.01 points, he became a initial male to win a bullion for Great Britain during a World Gymnastics Championships.

Whitlock, from Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, triumphed in a thrash equine eventuality in Glasgow.

He had won his second china endowment of a championships progressing on Saturday on a floor, and recovered from blank out on an all-around endowment where he fell during a start of a high bar routine.

What he said: “It has been a tough year with glandular heat during a commencement of a year and this creates adult for everything.”

Did we know? Whitlock did not try gymnastics until a age of 7 when a crony during a internal swimming bar suggested it to him.

Sports Personality record: 7th, 2014. A gymnast has never won a BBC award, nonetheless Beth Tweddle was fifth in 2009.

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