Sports Personality shortlist announced
We announced the top 10 contenders for this year's prestigious Sports Personality of the Year on BBC One's The One Show on Monday 1 December.
After a quite sensational year, it is no surprise that the list is one of the strongest we've ever had.
And what a selection it is: Lewis Hamilton, the youngest ever world champion in Formula One; Ben Ainslie, who won his third gold in successive Games; Rebecca Adlington, the first British female to win Olympic swimming gold since 1960; Joe Calzaghe, who beat two American legends of the ring; Andy Murray, who reached his first Grand Slam final; Christine Ohuruogu, who added Olympic gold to her World and Commonwealth crowns.
Then we have our four cyclists - Chris Hoy with an incredible three golds in Beijing; Rebecca Romero, who won track gold four years after winning silver in Athens; Bradley Wiggins, who won two more gold medals to take his overall Olympic tally to six and Nicole Cooke with two thrilling victories in the Olympic and world road races.
And because it has been such an extraordinary year in sport, some of our heroes, who would normally have been strong contenders for the main award, have missed out on the shortlist. Track cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who won gold in Beijing and two titles at this year's World Championships, is one of those unlucky few not to sneak in. Victoria will probably wonder what she has got to do to make the final 10, but this time round she's been a victim of the unprecedented British cycling success in 2008.
I don't think one individual sport has ever had so many nominees on the shortlist in the 55-year history of Sports Personality of the Year.
Once again we used over 30 sporting experts from the national newspapers and magazines to decide the top 10 independently of the BBC.
Over the next 13 days there will be plenty of debate on who should win the eventual award and it looks set to be one of the closest races for years, but only you the public will decide the winner on the night.