What an incredible year it has been for British sports betting and the achievements of many of the heroes from 2012 will be celebrated on Sunday evening as the Sports Personality of the Year Awards take place from London’s ExCel arena.
2012 has of course seen the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games take place and they will both go down as two of the best in history. Not only that, we had the ‘Miracle in Medinah’, where Europe’s golfers produced a stunning comeback to claim golf’s Ryder Cup from the United States of America, an Englishman won the Tour de France, a Scot claimed a Grand Slam in tennis and there was one of the most dramatic finishes to a Premier League season ever.
In truth, this list of superb sporting achievement goes on and on. There can be only twelve candidates for the main award on the night though and it is no surprise that London 2012 dominates the list of contenders.
Rory McIlroy stands alone as he is the only nominee not to have played any part in the Games and on any other year, he would be all but guaranteed a place in the top three after winning major trophies and ending 2012 as world number one. However, he might not get anywhere near it this time out.
The man many seem to be backing at the moment is cyclist Bradley Wiggins after he became the first British winner of the Tour de France and claimed an Olympic Gold. Wiggins is one of the most determined and professional men that cycling has ever seen and he really has made the sport popular in Britain.
You then have the three people who shone inside the Olympic Stadium – Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and David Weir. Between them, they managed an incredible seven gold medals at London 2012.
Farah won the 5000m and 10,000m in some style and although he always had the chance of doing the middle-distance-double, not many would have expected him to deliver. Ennis then performed under the highest pressure to secure Heptathlon gold as she was the face of the games and considered ‘Britain’s Golden Girl’.
As for Weir, he claimed a stunning four gold’s in the Paralympic Games, which was a monumental achievement.
The list of front-runners doesn’t stop there either, as you have Andy Murray, who not only won Olympic gold, but also managed to win the US Open in September. He has shown he is one of the best in the world this year.
Sir Chris Hoy, Sarah Storey, Ellie Simmons, Ben Ainslie, Nicola Adams and Katherine Grainger are then considered as outsiders for the award, which shows you just how strong the field is.
Although all of these twelve will want to win, they also know that it will be a celebration of all their achievements and if they have world titles and gold medals to their names, then they are already massive winners in their own sports.
It will be a night that makes you proud to be British but who is going to win?
Bradley Wiggins achievement is surely the toughest? Winning a Tour de France in any other year would guarantee victory here and don't forget he won the Criterium de Dauphine 7 day event to boot. The other contenders are are all very worthy of course but for calling the media "cunts" when there was a hint of a suggestion of doping Wiggins surely must have the personality to go along with the "sporting"?