Sports Personality of the Year 2022: Gadirova, Mead, Muirhead, Stokes, O’Sullivan, Wightman up for award

(Clockwise from top left) Jessica Gadirova, Beth Mead, Eve Muirhead, Jake Wightman, Ben Stokes and Ronnie O'Sullivan
(Clockwise from top left) Jessica Gadirova, Beth Mead, Eve Muirhead, Jake Wightman, Ben Stokes and Ronnie O’Sullivan
Place: MediaCityUK in Salford Date: December 21, Wednesday Start: 18:45 GMT
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The shortlist of six nominees for the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year has been announced.

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

The vote will take place on BBC One on Wednesday 21 December.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott will present the 69th annual awards.

Filmed at Media City in Salford, the program will celebrate 12 months of incredible sporting action.

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

Among others, the prizes to be announced Young Sports Personality of the Year, Team and Coach of the Year, The unknown hero and the Helen Rollason Award.

He was an eight-time gold medalist in the sprint Usain Bolt to be presented with Lifetime Achievement Award the winner of the soccer World Cup Lionel Messi is the World Sports Star of the Year.

Sports Personality contestants

Age: 18 Sport: gymnastics

A rising star in British gymnastics, said Gadirova floor gold in the final day of the world championships.

It was England’s gymnast’s third medal at the event in Liverpool, after winning a historic silver and bronze in the team event.

It was Britain’s first world medal and Gadirova became only the fifth British gymnast to become world individual champion.

Gadirova, who won gold and team silver at the European Championships, is also on the list of Young Sports Personality nominees along with figure skater Sky Brown and diver Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix.

“I’m so amazed to be on that list with such incredible athletes and to be recognized for my hard work and achievements – it’s unbelievable,” he told BBC Sport.

Age: 27 Sport: football

Meade won the Golden Boot and was player of the tournament Because England achieved a historic victory in Euro 2022.

The Lionesses picked up their first title at a major women’s tournament with a 2-1 win after extra time against eight-time champions Germany at Wembley.

“It was a proud moment and a surreal moment for me – walking out of that tunnel and going to play in front of my home crowd,” Mead said of the final, which was watched by a record crowd of 87,192.

“The day in general, the noise in general, the atmosphere, frankly, was something I will never feel or experience again.”

Mead scored six goals and provided five assists during the tournament as he bounced back from the disappointment of not being selected to represent Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics a year earlier.

The Arsenal forward was named the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2022 and was runner-up. Women’s Ballon d’Or the award given to the best soccer player in the world of the year.

Age: 32 Sport: Curling

Muirhead led the Great Britain women’s team He won the curling gold At the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

As skip, he claimed an elusive gold medal in China for the fourth time, a career highlight that saw him become Scotland’s most decorated curler.

“I look back and I still wonder how I got through the lock, the Covid, everything. It was a rollercoaster, to be on the podium at the end was very, very special,” he told BBC Sport.

In 2014, he was the youngest retailer to win an Olympic medal, as his team won bronze.

For Scotland, Muirhead won the European Championships three times and won his sixth world doubles title this year with Bobby Lammie, before later announcing his retirement from the sport.

Age: 47 Sport: Snooker

O’Sullivan claimed his seventh World Championship Title equaling Stephen Hendry’s record in the modern era.

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

“The Rocket” established himself as one of snooker’s all-time greats with an 18-13 final win over Judd Trump.

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

O’Sullivan, who has spoken about snooker and his peers on occasion, told BBC Sport: “The love/hate doesn’t come from hating the game, I’ve always loved the game, my frustrations would get over it and I seem to have fallen in love with the game.

“But I only wanted to play because I wasn’t playing at match level.”

Age: 31 Sport: the cricket

Stokes, the winner of the 2019 Sports Personality, was England won the men’s T20 World Cup beating Pakistan in a thrilling final.

Under intense pressure at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, Stokes was there at the end for 52 not out.

After inheriting a team that had won one of their last 17 Tests, Stokes’ England recorded nine wins in 10 matches in increasingly bold fashion against New Zealand, India, South Africa and Pakistan.

He captained England in one of his greatest overseas performances, with a gutsy display that helped seal Pakistan’s first Test victory for 17 years. He put his side on the road to a historic 3-0 series victory.

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

Age: 28 Sport: Athletics

Wightman made an incredible run 1500m gold World Championships in Oregon.

A Scot was the first Briton to win the world title in the event, Steve Cram in 1983.

He produced a brilliant final burst to overtake Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigts and take the title, called home by his father Geoff, the pitch announcer.

“It’s the moment you cross the line, it’s just such euphoria, I wish I could bottle that up because it wears off a bit too soon,” Wightman told BBC Sport.

“The disbelief and shock is something I will never experience again.”

Wightman also won silver in the 800m at the European Championships and bronze in the 1,500m at the Commonwealth Games.

Who was on the jury?

Industry panelists for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year included former Olympian Denise Lewis and Paralympian Kelly Gallagher and former snooker player Stephen Hendry.

Sports journalists Nancy Gillen (GiveMeSport), Jack Fox (Metro) and Tumaini Carayol (The Guardian) were also on the 2022 panel, alongside Sue Butler (Head of Sport, S4C) and Sally Munday (CEO, UK Sport).

The BBC was represented by Director of Sport Barbara Slater, Head of Television Sport Philip Bernie and Executive Producer Sports Personality of the Year Gabby Cook.

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