Equestrian stars Nick Skelton and Sophie Christiansen join Andy Murray on BBC Sports Personality shortlist

Nick Skelton
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The shortlist of 16 sports stars up for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 award has been named on The One Show

Olympic equestian and Paralympic equestrian gold medallists Nick Skelton (pictured) and Sophie Christiansen are the final sports stars to be named for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 award.

A tightly contested shortlist of 16 include Olympic and Wimbledon tennis hero Andy Murray, Olympics middle distance king Mo Farrah and Olympic gymnastics hero Max Whitlock.

Besides the individual title, the BBC SPOTY awards will also likely include Leicester City’s surprise Premier League title, Wales’ run to the semi-final of Euro 2016, England’s Grand Slam victory in the Six Nations among many other incredible endeavours.

The contenders are (in alphabetical order):

·         Nicola Adams – Boxing ·         Gareth Bale – Football ·         Alistair Brownlee – Triathlon ·         Sophie Christiansen – Equestrian   ·         Kadeena Cox – Athletics/Cycling ·         Mo Farah – Athletics ·         Jason Kenny – Cycling ·         Laura Kenny – Cycling ·         Andy Murray – Tennis ·         Adam Peaty – Swimming ·         Kate Richardson-Walsh – Hockey ·         Nick Skelton – Equestrian ·         Dame Sarah Storey – Cycling ·         Jamie Vardy – Football ·         Max Whitlock – Gymnastics ·         Danny Willett - Golf

Gabby Logan announced the much-anticipated shortlist exclusively on BBC One’s The One Show on Monday. She, along with Gary Lineker and Clare Balding, will present this year’s show from Birmingham’s Genting Arena in front of a 12,000-strong crowd on Sunday, December 18, live on BBC1 from 6.40pm.

The 16 for 2016 will now go on to compete for the public vote on the night of the live show.

Votes can be cast by phone or online on the evening of Sunday 18 December. The number to call for each contender will be revealed during the programme. There is no voting via email, Red Button or by text.


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

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