Ten contenders stand a chance of winning the 60th BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.The shortlist was announced on Tuesday, with the 2013 award voted for by the public on the night of Sunday 15 December.
Here's a look at the contenders looking to follow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins, who collected the coveted award in 2012.
Sir Ben AinslieAge: 36 Sport: Sailing
He was drafted in as tactician and helped mastermind an unlikely victory for Oracle Team USA as they fought back from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand 9-8.
Ainslie, who was knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours, is the first Briton in 110 years to be on board a winning America's Cup boat.
What he said: "I did try to be super-positive but I'm not stupid enough to think I could do it on my own."
Ian BellAge: 31 Sport: Cricket
His tally of 562 at an average of 62 from the middle order equalled the English record for the most runs scored in a five-match home Ashes, set by Denis Compton back in 1948.
The Warwickshire right-hander also became only the fifth Englishman to score three consecutive centuries in Ashes Tests.
What he said: "I haven't thought about the personal achievements. It's just nice to contribute."
Hannah CockroftAge: 21 Sport: Athletics
She won the T34 100m and 200m titles and set a new championship record of 17.88 seconds in the T34 100m.
The 'Hurricane' also won the T33/T34 100m race at the Anniversary Games in London, setting a new stadium record.
What she said: "Everyone is expecting me to go out and win each time and that is a challenge but I want to win every race that I can enter."
Mo FarahAge: 30 Sport: Athletics
He followed the great Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele by managing the feat in the 5,000m and 10,000m events at the World Athletics Championships.
Earlier in the year, he also broke Steve Cram's 28-year-old British record in the 1500m.
What he said: "I never thought in my career that I'd be able to achieve something like this, anything is possible I guess."
Chris FroomeAge: 28 Sport: Cycling
Emulating the achievement of compatriot Sir Bradley Wiggins, he took the title by over four minutes and wore the yellow jersey from stage eight onwards.
He won three stages along the way on the gruelling 3,404km course.
What he said: "It would be easy for someone to say, it's not worth giving up all that you have for one bike race in France. But it was so worth it."
Leigh HalfpennyAge: 24 Sport: Rugby union
He was named man-of-the-series in the victorious Lions tour of Australia, where his 21 points in the deciding third Test win was an individual record, and helped him overhaul the series record previously held by his kicking coach Neil Jenkins.
Before that, Halfpenny picked up the player of the tournament award in the Six Nations as his 74 points helped Wales retain the title.
What he said: "I've worked harder and harder in training and it all paid off."
AP McCoyAge: 39 Sport: Horse racing
The Northern Irishman's landmark is almost 1,500 more than the next most successful rider, Richard Johnson.
McCoy, voted Sports Personality in 2010, won an unprecedented 18th consecutive champion jump jockey title and is on course for a 19th just months after a fall left him in intensive care.
What he said: "For the first time in my life I feel a sense of pride of what I've achieved."
Andy MurrayAge: 26 Sport: Tennis
It was his second Grand Slam victory to add to the US Open title he won last year.
Murray lost to Djokovic in the 2013 Australian Open final and his Wimbledon win came in the seventh major final of his career.
What he said: "To come through was such a relief, and I can't imagine I'll ever feel pressure like that again."
Christine OhuruoguAge: 29 Sport: Athletics
The Londoner triumphed in a photo finish to became the first British female athlete to claim two world titles.
Her time of 49.41 seconds eclipsed Kathy Cook's national record that had stood since the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
What she said: "My body has gone through war, so I kind of had that on my side. And I knew that I was brave enough to challenge if I had to."
Justin RoseAge: 33 Sport: Golf
Rose's maiden major triumph also made him the first English golfer to lift the trophy since Tony Jacklin 43 years ago, and propelled him to a career-high of third in the world rankings.
After tapping in his final putt, he looked up to the sky with tears in his eyes, and admitted later to thinking of his father and long-time mentor Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002.
What he said: "It wasn't lost on me that today was Father's Day. A lot of us come from great men and we have a responsibility to our children to show what a great man can be."