BBC 2013 Sports Personality of the Year Award Shortlist Revealed

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2013

Jul 7, 2013; London, United Kingdom; Andy Murray (GBR) celebrates with the trophy after match point  during his match against Novak Djokovic (SRB) on day 13 of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
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The 10 finalists for the 60th BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, which will be handed out at First Direct Arena in Leeds on Dec. 15, have been announced.

This year's winner will join some of the biggest names in British sports. The list of athletes who have been given the coveted honor include David Beckham, Sir Nick Faldo, Sir Chris Hoy and Bobby Moore, among others. BBC provides a full list of SPOTY winners.    

The first winner was Sir Chris Chataway in 1954. More recently, the last two athletes honored by the BBC are both cyclists, Mark Cavendish in 2011 and Bradley Wiggins in 2012.

Here's a look at the shortlist for 2013, via BBC:

2013 Sports Personality of the Year Finalists
Ben AinslieSailing
Ian BellCricket
Hannah CockroftWheelchair Athletics
Mo FarahLong-Distance Running
Chris FroomeCycling
Leigh HalfpennyRugby
AP McCoyHorse Racing
Andy MurrayTennis
Christine OhuruoguAthletics
Justin RoseGolf

While a solid argument could be made for all of the nominees, which is why they have all reached this stage of the process, a few of them stick out from the crowd.

After making a name for himself on a worldwide scale during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Mo Farah continued his dominance on the track by capturing gold in the 5,000- and 10,000-meters during the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

Farah was among the finalists last year, as well. Now, it may be his turn to take home the award.

Chris Froome followed in the footsteps of Wiggins to capture the Tour de France title. His triumph in the biggest cycling race in the world gives him a great chance to continue the recent string of award winners from that sport.

Finally, Andy Murray made a strong case by becoming the first British man to capture the Wimbledon championship since Fred Perry all the way back in 1936. It was the one title fans were waiting for the tennis star to win, and he was able to get it done on his eighth try.

While Farah, Froome and Murray highlight the list, each of the finalists would be deserving of this prestigious award.