Five amazing sportswomen are in the running for the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Who gets your vote?
After the fiasco of 2011, when not a single woman made the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, judges were spoiled for choice in 2012. Out of 12 finalists, five are women. And there were so many high achievers in the sporting world - both male and female - during Olympics year, that it must have been a difficult job to whittle them down to just a dozen.
This year's female nominees all earned their inclusion via their achievements in the London 2012 Games. Vote for your favourite here
Women in the running for the coveted title are:
Jessica Ennis: Team GB's golden girl, Jess fulfilled a nation's expectations to win gold on the athletics track, scoring a personal best in the heptathlon and a place in the hearts of fans across the country. Read more
Ellie Simmonds: Paralympian swimmer Ellie appeared invincible in the pool, powering her way to a stunning two gold and one silver and a bronze medal at London 2012. Read more
Nicola Adams: Flyweight boxer Nicola became the first ever woman to win a gold medal for boxing at an Olympic Games, knocking her opponent to the ground in a devastating display of skill and power. Read more
Kath Grainger: After winning silver in three successive Olympics, 2012 was the year rower Kath Grainger sculled her way to gold. Read more
Sarah Storey: There was no stopping Paralympic cyclist Sarah at the London Games. She walked away with an incredible FOUR gold medals from track and road events. Wow! Read more
Male contenders for the awards are:cyclist Bradley Wiggins, paralympic wheelchair racer David Weir, tennis player Andy Murray, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, runner Mo Farah, golfer Rory McIlroy and sailor Ben Ainslie.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be announced after a public vote on Sunday December 16, 2012.
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