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Sports Personality of the Year 2023: Date, odds, previous winners and more

Forever a popular slot on the festive TV schedule, Sports Personality of the Year always caps off a stellar year for British sport.

Figures from across the sporting landscape take to the screen in the run-up to Christmas, hoping to be crowned by the voting public.

Over the years, the likes of Emma Raducanu, Lewis Hamilton, Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Geraint Thomas have made their way onto the honours list.

A staple of the calendar since the 1950s, the event is also a celebration of team success, coaching excellence and the hard work of community volunteers.

What: Sports Personality of the Year
Where: Dock10 Studios, Media City, Salford
When: Wednesday 21st December 2022
How to watch: BBC One
Odds: Stuart Broad 15/8, Frankie Dettori 7/2, Millie Bright 12/1, Zharnel Hughes 16/1

Sports Personality of the Year previous winners

1954 Christopher Chataway Athletics
1955 Gordon Pirie Athletics
1956 Jim Laker Cricket
1957 Dai Rees Golf
1958 Ian Black Swimming
1959 John Surtees Motorcycle racing
1960 David Broome Show jumping
1961 Stirling Moss Formula One
1962 Anita Lonsbrough Swimming
1963 Dorothy Hyman Athletics
1964 Mary Rand Athletics
1965 Tom Simpson Cycling
1966 Bobby Moore Football
1967 Henry Cooper Boxing
1968 David Hemery Athletics
1969 Ann Jones Tennis
1970 Henry Cooper Boxing
1971 Princess Anne Eventing
1972 Mary PetersAthletics
1973 Jackie Stewart Formula One
1974 Brendan Foster Athletics
1975 David Steele Cricket
1976 John Curry Figure skating
1977 Virginia Wade Tennis
1978 Steve Ovett Athletics
1979 Sebastian Coe Athletics
1980 Robin Cousins Figure skating
1981 Ian Botham Cricket
1982 Daley Thompson Athletics
1983 Steve Cram Athletics
1984 Torvill and DeanFigure skating
1985 Barry McGuigan Boxing
1986 Nigel Mansell Formula One
1987 Fatima Whitbread Athletics
1988 Steve Davis Snooker
1989 Nick Faldo Golf
1990 Paul Gascoigne Football
1991 Liz McColgan Athletics
1992 Nigel Mansell Formula One
1993 Linford Christie Athletics
1994 Damon Hill Formula One
1995 Jonathan Edwards Athletics
1996 Damon Hill Formula One
1997 Greg Rusedski Tennis
1998 Michael Owen Football
1999 Lennox Lewis Boxing
2000 Steve Redgrave Rowing
2001 David Beckham Football
2002 Paula Radcliffe Athletics
2003 Jonny Wilkinson Rugby union
2004 Kelly Holmes Athletics
2005 Andrew Flintoff Cricket
2006 Zara Phillips Eventing
2007 Joe Calzaghe Boxing
2008 Chris Hoy Cycling
2009 Ryan Giggs Football
2010 Tony McCoyHorse racing
2011 Mark Cavendish Cycling
2012 Bradley Wiggins Cycling
2013 Andy Murray Tennis
2014 Lewis Hamilton Formula One
2015 Andy Murray Tennis
2016 Andy Murray Tennis
2017 Mo Farah Athletics
2018 Geraint Thomas Cycling
2019 Ben Stokes Cricket
2020 Lewis Hamilton Formula One
2021 Emma Raducanu Tennis
2022 Beth Mead Football

What is Sports Personality of the Year?

Sports Personality of the Year is a BBC award given every December to a sportsperson who has performed exceptionally during the year.

The winner is voted for by the public, with the top three contenders all placed. The competition is now running for a 70th year.

Other awards are handed out, such as World Sport Star of the Year, Unsung Hero, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement award.

When is Sports Personality of the Year?

Sports Personality of the Year will be taking place on the evening of Wednesday 20th December 2023. 

Where can I watch Sports Personality of the Year?

Sports Personality of the Year will be shown on BBC One and will be available on BBC iPlayer.

Where is Sports Personality of the Year taking place?

The venue for this year's Sports Personality of the Year is Dock10 Studios, Media City, Salford, having been held in Aberdeen, Liverpool and Birmingham in recent years.

Who will host Sports Personality of the Year?

Sports Personality of the Year is set to be hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott.

Who won Sports Personality of the Year in 2022?

England's Beth Mead won Sports Personality of the Year in 2022 as joint top scorer at Euro 2022, as England beat Germany 2-1 at Wembley.

Sports Personality of the Year 2023 odds

With an Ashes series, World Athletics Championship and the Women's World Cup, there are plenty of early contenders to be named Sports Personality of the Year for 2023.

Stuart Broad entered the running after announcing his retirement from cricket during the final Ashes Test at 5/1, since being cut to 15/8, but despite taking his 600th wicket, the award tends to go to someone for their achievements that year, as opposed to over their whole career.

The same could rule second favourite Frankie Dettori, who was installed as favourite after announcing that 2023 would be his final year riding, though he did win the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Oaks at Epsom.

Millie Bright, stand-in captain for England Women, will certainly be amongst the contenders if the Lionesses win the World Cup, though it should be remembered Leah Williamson, captain of England's Euro 2022 success, was omitted from the final shortlist in favour of Beth Mead, tournament top scorer.

With James's suspension, it could pave the way for centre forward Alessio Russo to shine in Australia and New Zealand as the tournament reaches the latter stages.

Zharnel Hughes will go for gold at the World Athletics Championships, looking for redemption after Olympic heartbreak in 2021. 

Hughes was part of the silver medal-winning 4 x 100m relay team who were stripped of their medals after a positive drugs test, and was disqualified from the 100m final after a false start.

But having won European gold last year in the 4 x 100m and 200m as well as silver in the 100m, Hughes could well be Team GB's track star in Hungary.

Who is the favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year?

Frankie Dettori was the early favourite, following up the announcement of his impending retirement with wins in the 2000 Guineas and the Oaks before Stuart Broad announced his retirement during the Ashes, and he's been favourite ever since.

But with the World Athletics Championships and Women's World Cup, there's plenty of time for that to change.

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