Bradley Wiggins has managed to secure the fourth Olympic Gold Medal under his belt in 2012. Not only that but the 32-year-old Briton cyclist also got hold of the yellow jersey at the 2012 Tour de France for 13 consecutive stages. He is the first British cyclist to win the Tour and that could easily be the reason for which he can be awarded the Best Sports Personality of 2012.The British cycling superstar is slowly, yet steadily, moving towards the BBC Sports Personality of 2012 award. With a wonderful summer under his belt, it seems that no one can surpass this Briton.
Famous British cyclist Sir Chris Hoy also made the list and is a worthy contender of the award. In 2011, no woman was shortlisted to win the award but this year it has been a marvelous year for the British women, too. Boxer Nicola Adams, cyclist Sarah Storey, swimmer Ellie Simmonds have made it to the list. So the competition is a bit tough for whoever wins it. But with the exceptional performance in the summer and having been able to win the Tour de France as the first Briton ever, it looks like Bradley Wiggins has definitely an edge over all other contenders!
Wiggins is considered as the hot favorite to win the prize this year. But there are others also. The 29-year-old athlete Mo Farah is considered to be the second hot favorite. Farah registered two marvelous victories at the 5000m and 10000m race at the Olympic finals which left the whole England dancing to their feet. There is also the tennis icon, Andy Murray, with his gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Murray then went on to win his maiden grand slam at the US Open.