BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

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German Sebastian Vettel won the award in 2013.

The BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year[1] is an award presented at the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony. The award is presented to a non-British sportsperson considered to have made the most substantial contribution to a sport in that year. The award is decided by a panel of over 30 sporting journalists. Each panellist votes for their top two choices; their first preference is awarded two points, and their second preference is awarded one point. The winning sportsperson has the most total points. In the case of a points tie, the sportsperson chosen as first preference by the most panellists is the winner. If this is also a tie the award is shared.[2]

The Overseas Personality award was first presented in 1960, six years after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award was introduced. The first recipient of the award was Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott.[3] Since then, the award has been presented to 48 sportspersons. American boxer Muhammad Ali, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt have each won the award three times,[4] while Australian golfer Greg Norman won the award twice. The award has been shared on three occasions—by Ron Clarke and Gary Player in 1965, Eusébio and Garfield Sobers in 1966, and Evander Holyfield and Michael Johnson in 1996.[5] The husband-and-wife skating duo of Oleg Protopopov and Ludmila Belousova are the only pair to have won the award, doing so in 1968.[6] Belousova was the first woman to become Overseas Personality—she was also the oldest, aged 33. George Moore is the oldest recipient of the award, winning in 1967 aged 44. The youngest recipient of the award is Nadia Comăneci, who won in 1976 at age 16. Boris Becker, who was 18 when he won in 1985, is the youngest male to have won.[5]

Twenty different countries have been represented by the award winners. United States sportspersons have won the award the most times, having had eighteen recipients, two of whom shared the award. Three cricketers have received the award -- Garfield Sobers of Barbados, Brian Lara of Trinidad and Tobago (both of whom played for the West Indies cricket team), and Shane Warne of Australia.[7][8] Thirteen sporting disciplines have been represented; tennis has the highest representation, with fourteen recipients. The most recent recipient in 2012 was Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, his third win.[9]

Only one winner has ever been stripped of the award – US cyclist Lance Armstrong, whose 2003 award was rescinded by the BBC following the UCI's 2012 decision to strip Armstrong of his titles and ban him for life from the sport.[10]

Winners[edit]

By year[edit]

  •  dagger  Denotes joint winners.
  •  double-dagger  Denotes a winning couple.
Herb Elliott, the first recipient
Muhammad Ali (top), Roger Federer (center) and Usain Bolt (bottom) have received the award three times.
Greg Norman received the award twice
Oleg Protopopov and Ludmila Belousova, joint recipients of the award in 1968, are also husband and wife.
Evander Holyfield, who shared the award with Michael Johnson in 1996
BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year winners
YearNationalityWinnerSportNote
1960 AustraliaElliott, HerbHerb ElliottAthletics[6]
1961 Soviet UnionBrumel, ValeriyValeriy BrumelAthletics[6]
1962 CanadaJackson, DonaldDonald JacksonFigure skating[6]
1963 FranceAnquetil, JacquesJacques AnquetilCycling[6]
1964 EthiopiaBikila, AbebeAbebe BikilaAthletics[6]
1965 AustraliaClarke, RonRon Clarke daggerAthletics[11]
 South AfricaPlayer, GaryGary Player daggerGolf[11]
1966 PortugalEusébio daggerFootball[11]
 BarbadosSobers, GarfieldGarfield Sobers daggerCricket[11]
1967 AustraliaMoore, GeorgeGeorge MooreHorse racing[6]
1968 Soviet UnionProtopopov, OlegOleg Protopopov double-daggerFigure skating[6]
 Soviet UnionBelousova, LudmilaLudmila Belousova double-daggerFigure skating[6]
1969 AustraliaLaver, RodRod LaverTennis[12]
1970 BrazilPeléFootball[6]
1971 United StatesTrevino, LeeLee TrevinoGolf[13]
1972 Soviet UnionKorbut, OlgaOlga KorbutGymnastics[14]
1973 United StatesAli, MuhammadMuhammad Ali (1/3)Boxing[3]
1974 United StatesAli, MuhammadMuhammad Ali (2/3)Boxing[3]
1975 United StatesAshe, ArthurArthur AsheTennis[15]
1976 RomaniaComăneci, NadiaNadia ComăneciGymnastics[16]
1977 AustriaLauda, NikiNiki LaudaFormula One[17]
1978 United StatesAli, MuhammadMuhammad Ali (3/3)Boxing[3]
1979 SwedenBorg, BjörnBjörn BorgTennis[18]
1980 United StatesNicklaus, JackJack NicklausGolf[19]
1981 United StatesEvert, ChrisChris EvertTennis[20]
1982 United StatesConnors, JimmyJimmy ConnorsTennis[21]
1983 United StatesLewis, CarlCarl LewisAthletics[22]
1984 SpainBallesteros, SeveSeve BallesterosGolf[23]
1985 West GermanyBecker, BorisBoris BeckerTennis[11]
1986 AustraliaNorman, GregGreg Norman (1/2)Golf[24]
1987 United StatesNavratilova, MartinaMartina NavratilovaTennis[25]
1988 West GermanyGraf, SteffiSteffi GrafTennis[26]
1989 United StatesTyson, MikeMike TysonBoxing[27]
1990 AustraliaMeninga, MalMal MeningaRugby league[6]
1991 United StatesPowell, MikeMike PowellAthletics[6]
1992 United StatesAgassi, AndreAndre AgassiTennis[28]
1993 AustraliaNorman, GregGreg Norman (2/2)Golf[29]
1994 Trinidad and TobagoLara, BrianBrian LaraCricket[30]
1995 New ZealandLomu, JonahJonah LomuRugby union[31]
1996 United StatesHolyfield, EvanderEvander Holyfield daggerBoxing[32]
 United StatesJohnson, MichaelMichael Johnson daggerAthletics[32]
1997 SwitzerlandHingis, MartinaMartina HingisTennis[33]
1998 United StatesO'Meara, MarkMark O'MearaGolf[34]
1999 United StatesGreene, MauriceMaurice GreeneAthletics[35]
2000 United StatesWoods, TigerTiger WoodsGolf[36]
2001 CroatiaIvanišević, GoranGoran IvaniševićTennis[37]
2002 BrazilRonaldoFootball[38]
2003 United StatesArmstrong, LanceLance ArmstrongCycling[39]
2004 SwitzerlandFederer, RogerRoger Federer (1/3)Tennis[40]
2005 AustraliaWarne, ShaneShane WarneCricket[41]
2006 SwitzerlandFederer, RogerRoger Federer (2/3)Tennis[42]
2007 SwitzerlandFederer, RogerRoger Federer (3/3)Tennis[43]
2008 JamaicaBolt, UsainUsain Bolt (1/3)Athletics[44]
2009 JamaicaBolt, UsainUsain Bolt (2/3)Athletics[45]
2010 SpainNadal, RafaelRafael NadalTennis[46]
2011 SerbiaDjokovic, NovakNovak DjokovicTennis[47]
2012 JamaicaBolt, UsainUsain Bolt (3/3)Athletics[9]
2013 GermanyVettel, SebastianSebastian VettelFormula One[48]

By nationality[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by nationality based on the principle of jus soli.

NationalityNumber of wins[a]
 United States18
 Australia8
 Soviet Union4
 Switzerland4
 Germany3
 Jamaica3
 Brazil2
 Spain2
 Austria1
 Barbados1
 Canada1
 Croatia1
 Ethiopia1
 France1
 New Zealand1
 Portugal1
 Romania1
 Serbia1
 South Africa1
 Sweden1
 Trinidad and Tobago1

By sport[edit]

This table lists the total number of awards won by recipient's sporting profession.

Sporting professionNumber of wins[a]
Tennis16
Athletics11
Golf8
Boxing5
Cricket3
Football3
Figure skating3
Gymnastics2
Formula One2
Cycling1
Horse racing1
Rugby league1
Rugby union1

Note[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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