BBC SPOTY 2012 - The contenders

BBC Sport takes a look at the 12 contenders for the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year crown.

The event, at London's 15,000-capacity ExCeL on Sunday, 16 December, promises to be the biggest in the programme's 59-year history after a golden summer of sport.

The shortlist, which was compiled by an expert panel of sports specialists is (alphabetical order): Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIIroy, Andy Murray, Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, David Weir, Bradley Wiggins.

Available to UK users only