Here are the contenders for the Sports Personality of the Year 2016

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As Christmas approaches, so does the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

The favourite is Andy Murray, but there are 15 other nominees who might fancy their chances in what has been a superb year for British sport.

Nicola Adams - Boxing

Team GB boxer Nicola Adams - (Owen Humphreys/PA)
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Won gold in the women's flyweight final at Rio 2016, becoming the first British boxer in 92 years to successfully defend an Olympic title.

Gareth Bale - Football

Wales players Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale - (Martin Rickett/PA)
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Won the Champions League with Real Madrid, and reached the semi finals of Euro 2016 with Wales.

Alistair Brownlee - Triathlon

Alistair Brownlee wins Olympic gold at Rio 2016 - (David Goldman/AP)
(David Goldman/AP)

Defended his Olympic gold medal from London 2012 by winning the triathlon event at Rio 2016, with brother Jonny finishing second.

Sophie Christiansen - Equestrian

Olympic champion Sophie Christiansen with her horse - (Adam Davy/PA)
(Adam Davy/PA)

Achieved her eighth Paralympic gold medal with three equestrian golds at Rio 2016.

Kadeena Cox - Athletics/Cycling

Great Britain's Kadeena Cox on her way to winning gold at Rio 2016 - (Andrew Matthews/PA)
(Andrew Matthews/PA)

Won Paralympic gold, silver and bronze in athletics, as well as gold in the track cycling - a multi-sport phenomenon.

Mo Farah - Athletics

Mo Farah celebrates his two Olympic golds at Rio 2016 - (Martin Rickett/PA)
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Mo Farah added a third and fourth Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016, defending his 5,000m and 10,000m titles.

Jason Kenny - Cycling

Jason Kenny celebrates at Rio 2016 - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

Won three gold medals at Rio 2016, equalling Sir Chris Hoy's British gold medal record, with six in total.

Laura Kenny - Cycling

Laura Trott celebrates winning the women's omnium event at Rio 2016 - (Patrick Semansky/AP)
(Patrick Semansky/AP)

Won her fourth gold medal after defending both her team pursuit and her omnium title, becoming the first British woman to win four Olympic golds.

Andy Murray - Tennis

Andy Murray wins the ATP World Tour Finals - (Adam Davy/PA)
(Adam Davy/PA)

Andy Murray won a second Wimbledon title, a second Olympic gold medal and became tennis world number one.

Adam Peaty - Swimming

Adam Peaty dominated the men's 100m breaststroke event at Rio 2016 - (Owen Humphreys/PA)
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Won Britain's first medal of the 2016 Olympic Games with gold in the 100m men's breaststroke, breaking his own world record in the process.

Kate Richardson-Walsh - Hockey

Great Britain's Kate Richardson-Walsh - (Paul Harding/PA)
(Paul Harding/PA)

Captained Great Britain to their first ever hockey gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Nick Skelton - Equestrian

Great Britain's Nick Skelton celebrates winning a gold medal at Rio 2016 - (Owen Humphreys/PA)
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

After retiring 16 years ago having broken his neck, Nick Skelton became Britain's second oldest Olympic gold medallist, at 58 years old, winning gold in the show jumping.

Dame Sarah Storey - Cycling

Dame Sarah Storey during the Olympic and Paralympic athletes' celebration parade in Manchester - (Tim Goode/PA)
(Tim Goode/PA)

Won three Paralympic gold medals at Rio 2016, taking her total to 14 and making her Great Britain's most successful female Paralympian of all time.

Jamie Vardy - Football

Jamie Vardy with the Premier League trophy - (Nick Potts/PA)
(Nick Potts/PA)

Jamie Vardy helped guide Leicester City to an unbelievable Premier League title, scoring 24 goals in the process.

Max Whitlock - Gymnastics

Olympic champion Max Whitlock - (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Max Whitlock completed perhaps the most impressive feat of the Rio Games from a British perspective, winning gold in the men's floor event and the men's pommel horse event in the space of a couple of hours.

Danny Willett - Golf

Danny Willett receives the green jacket from Jordan Spieth after winning the Masters - (AP)

Danny Willett became the first British golfer to win the Masters since Nick Faldo in 1996.

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