BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 contenders

27 November 2012 Last updated at 07:10 GMT

We check out all 12 contenders in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, which is dominated by Olympians and Paralympians.
Nicola Adams
The 12 contenders for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award have been revealed! Boxer Nicola Adams entered the history books this summer when she became the first ever Olympic women's boxing champ - in the flyweight category. The sport was opened up to women for the first time at London 2012.
Ben Ainslie
Sailor Ben Ainslie won his fourth Olympic gold - from four Games - at London 2012. He is the most decorated Olympic British sailor in history. On Tuesday it was revealed he wouldn't be going for a fifth gold at the next Olympics.
Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis was the poster girl of London 2012 and boy, did she deliver! Jess stormed to gold in the heptathlon. She had built up such a big lead that by the final event the title was pretty much in the bag!
Mo Farah
Distance runner Mo Farah pulled off a stunning double at London 2012. He picked up gold in the 10,000m AND 5,000m. He's only the seventh man ever to do that!
Kath Grainger
It was a case of fourth time lucky for Olympic rower Kath Grainger. After having to settle for silver three Olympics in a row, she finally snatched gold at London 2012 - in the women's double sculls event with Anna Watkins.
Sir Chris Hoy
The list is dominated by Olympians and Paralympians. Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy sped his way to two golds at London 2012, which means he has won SIX Olympic golds in total - making him Britain's most successful Olympian of all time.
Rory McIlroy
The world's number one golfer Rory McIlroy is the only contender who's not an Olympian or Paralympian. He won his second major title this year, the US PGA Championship. Check out that trophy!
Andy Murray
A panel of different sport experts had the difficult task of deciding on the top 12. Andy Murray's had his best year yet. He won Olympic gold and his first Grand Slam tournament - the US Open. Here he is posing with his trophy in New York.
Ellie Simmonds
Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds won two golds at London 2012, to add to the two titles she won in Beijing, when she was just 14. She won the Young Sports Personality award in 2008.
Sarah Storey
Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey won an amazing FOUR golds at the Paralympics, matching the GB record of 11 shared with wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson and swimmer David Roberts.
David Weir
Wheelchair racer David Weir took home FOUR Paralympic golds at London 2012 - in the 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m and the marathon. He even earned himself the nickname "Weirwolf"!
Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins, the cyclist with the sideburns, did something no Brit had ever done before - he won the gruelling Tour de France cycle race. He then went on to get gold in the Olympic time trial event. The awards ceremony takes place in London on 16 December when the winner will be decided in a public vote.