The ten nominees for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year (BBC SPOTY) were announced this week on TV. The 2012 title winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, named the personalities on The One Show and World No 1 Golfer, Rory McIlroy, immediately became the odds on favourite at 4/7 with Paddy Power Bookmakers.
The winner will be announced during a live programme from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow which will be hosted on BBC One by Clare Balding, Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan. The public can cast their votes by phone or online during the live broadcast on the 14th December.
Mcllroy may be the favourite but there are plenty of other sporting greats who will be popular with the public and they include:
Gareth Bale – The Real Madrid and Welsh Football star will be a popular choice amongst football fans and don’t underestimate the Welsh vote.
Charlotte Dujardin – The 29 year old Dressage Champion will be the obvious choice from the equestrian world, but not exactly a household name.
Carl Froch – the 37 year old Boxing Champion from Nottingham has retained his IBF and WBA Super Middleweight belts.
Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans – Skiing, 25 year old Gallagher is the 2012 Paralympic Skiing Gold Champion.
Lewis Hamilton – Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton has just won his second F1 Championship making him one of only four Briton’s to achieve this feat, he is Paddy Power Bookmakers second favourite at odds of 13/10.
Rory McIlroy – 25 year old Golfer 2014 honours: Open Champion, US PGA Champion, Ryder Cup winner. Rory is the outright favourite to win the Sports Personality of the Year.
Jo Pavey – Athletics, who can forget watching the gutsy 41 year old defying the age barrier to win the European Championship 10,000m Gold Medal, she also won the Bronze Medal in the Commonwealth Games 5,000m.
Adam Peaty – Swimming – the 19 year old has won Four European Championship Gold Medals, two Commonwealth Games Golds, one Silver during 2014.
Max Whitlock – Gymnastics – the 21 year old from Hemel Hempstead enjoyed a successful Commonwealth Games, winning 3 Gold Medals, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Lizzy Yarnold – Skeleton – the 25 year old won Gold at the Winter Olympics setting a new track record.
With McIlroy on odds of 4/7, Lewis Hamilton on odds of 13/10, Gareth bale on 33/1 and Jo Pavey on 40/1, all of the others have almost been dismissed out of hand as serious contenders and all are currently on 150/1 with Paddy Power Bookmakers.