NICK Skelton has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
The Alcester-based 58-year-old defied the odds to win Olympic Gold in the Individual Showjumping at the Rio Games.
His medal triumph came 16 years after he initially retired after breaking his neck more than 43 years after he first sat on a horse.
Two years after his fall, Nick was back on a horse and was soon back on the winners rostrum again – winning the British Open Title in 2004.
And at the London 2012 Olympics he won gold as part of the winning Great Britain team, before repeating the achievement on Big Star in Rio.
If he wins, Nick would be the first equestrian events rider to win since Welshman David Broome scooped the award in 1960.
Nick is one of 16 shortlisted, together with fellow golden Olympians including Alistair Brownlee, Matt Whitlock, Nicola Adams, Mo Farah, Adam Peaty, and Jason and Laura Kenny, and Paralympians Sophie Christiansen and Kadeena Cox.
This year’s Sports Personality of the Year event takes place at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on Sunday (December 18).