Anthony Joshua remains the favourite to clinch this year's Sports Personality of the Year award on December 2017. But what became of those who have won the accolade down the years?
Did the honour of being crowned the nation's best see them sustain their charge in their respective sport or did their careers take a nosedive in the year that followed?
We look back at the last 20 winners of the recipients to find out what happened next.
2016: Andy Murray
The three-time winner of SPOTY started the year as world No 1 but ended it No 16 due to a lengthy absence with a problematic hip injury. Rest has been the order of the day for the 30-year-old who hobbled out of Wimbledon in the last eight. Murray won just one title in 2017, the Dubai Championships. It was his lowest return for a season since 2006. He ended the year by terminating his coaching partnership with Ivan Lendl for a second time.
2015: Andy Murray
Everything turned to gold for Murray who completed a stand-out 2016 with an ATP-best nine Tour titles from 13 finals. He became the first player to defend an Olympic singles title in Rio, won Wimbledon for a second time and reached two other grand slam finals in Melbourne and Paris.
The Scotsman closed the year by becoming only the 26th different man to attain the world No 1 ranking, displacing Novak Djokovic in a World Tour Finals showdown at the O2.
2014: Lewis Hamilton
The Mercedes driver won three of the first four races of the 2015 season and wrapped up his third world title with three races to spare as a battle royale with team-mate Nico Rosberg failed to materialise.
Hamilton's ensuring partying took its toll as he struck a stationary car while driving his £1.6m super car in the middle of the night in Monaco in mid November with two races of the season to run.
Dear TeamLH, just wanted to let you know why things have been quiet on social media the past few days. I’ve not been well with a fever but I also had a road accident in Monaco on Monday night. Whilst ultimately, it is nobody's business, there are people knowing my position that will try to take advantage of the situation and make a quick buck. NO problem. Nobody was hurt, which is the most important thing. But the car was obviously damaged and I made very light contact with a stationary vehicle. Talking with the team and my doctor, we decided together that it was best for me to rest at home and leave a day later. But i am feeling better and am currently boarding the plane to Brazil. However, I am informing you because I feel we all must take responsibility for our actions. Mistakes happen to us all but what's important is that we learn from them and grow. Can't wait for the weekend Brazil���� Bless Lewis
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2013: Andy Murray
Murray ended the 2014 season two places lower than in his maiden SPOTY success year at world No 6. Three titles in five weeks at the end of the campaign boosted his cause while his grand slam best was a run to the last four at Roland Garros.
2012: Bradley Wiggins
The fastest mod on two wheels' annus mirabilis was succeeded with a year to forget. A chest injury forced him to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia, a knee injury ended his presence as Tour de France defending champion, while he was second best to Tony Martin at the World Road Championships time trial challenge.
It wasn't all doom and gloom as he was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
2011: Mark Cavendish
Cavendish sacrificed his ambitions of defending the green jersey at the Tour de France to help Wiggins become the first Briton to win the race but still ended up winning three stages. However, it was a disappointing 29th finish in the men's road race on the opening day of the London Olympics that was to linger. Great Britain were muscled out of contention as the rest of the world ganged up on the pre-race favourites.
2010: Tony McCoy
Beating Phil Taylor to the SPOTY award to become the first jockey to collect the gong, McCoy secured his 16th consecutive British jump racing champion jockey title the following spring.
2009: Ryan Giggs
Age was just a number for the Welshman as the 36-year-old scored in his 19th Premier League season for Manchester United against Newcastle at the start of the 2010/11 season. The winger finished the previous campaign with 25 appearances under his belt, 20 as a starter and a League Cup to add to his bulging trophy collection.
2008: Chris Hoy
A hip injury ruled Hoy, who had become the first British Olympian in 100 years to claim three golds at one Olympics in 2008, out of the World Championships. He was to regain full fitness to take part in the British National Championships later in the year to win only his second and third ever individual national titles.
2007: Joe Calzaghe
The Italian Dragon was the first Welsh winner of SPOTY since show jumper David Broome in 1960 and the year following his award proved eventful.
The boxer was to defeat Bernard Hopkins to win the light heavyweight championship by a split decision in his first fight in the United States. Despite terminating his partnership with promoter Frank Warren in the summer of 2008, an unanimous points win over Roy Jones Jr at Madison Square Garden turned out to be his final bout as a professional.
2006: Zara Phillips
Notching up the same SPOTY success as her mother Princess Anne back in 1971, Zara Phillips (who later became Zara Tindall in 2011), was awarded an MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours list for her services to equestrianism. She had been scheduled to compete on Toytown at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but an injury to her beloved Toytown during training forced her to withdraw. It was the second Olympics she missed through injury.
2005: Andrew Flintoff
The first cricketer since Sir Ian Botham in 1981 to win the coveted BBC award, the England all-rounder took over the captaincy in Feburary 2006 and upon his first duties secured a drawn series in India.
A recurrence of his long-standing ankle injury resurfaced, and following surgery, Flintoff was restored England captain for the ill-fated Ashes series of 2006-07.
2004: Kelly Holmes
The former army Sergeant turned middle-distance runner and double Olympic champion retired from athletics just 12 months after her SPOTY award at the age of 35.
Holmes ended her competitive career with an eighth place finish at a British Grand Prix meeting in Sheffield. She hobbled over the line after suffering a recurrence Achilles tendon injury.
2003: Jonny Wilkinson
Injury struck for the hero of England's World Cup success and a shoulder injury ruled the fly-half out of the 2004 Six Nations campaign and the disastrous tour of New Zealand and Australia.
The golden boy was briefly named England captain to replace the outgoing Lawrence Dallaglio but an upper arm injury sidelined him from the autumn internationals. Injury niggles were to become the story of Wilkinson's post World Cup career.
2002: Paula Radcliffe
Radcliffe knocked nearly two minutes off her own world record marathon time to set a still unbeaten 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds at the 2003 London marathon. Her staggering time qualified her for the men's marathon at the world championships in Paris and was hailed as one of the greatest athletics world records of all time.
Radcliffe would never run as fast again and would never go on to win the Olympic medal she craved, but her world record became her legacy.
2001: David Beckham
Booking England's place at the 2002 World Cup with his infamous free-kick, Golden Balls turned football fanatics and part-time followers into connoisseurs of a metatarsal injury.
There was genuine panic that Becks would miss the finals in Japan and South Korea when Argentine Pedro Duscher crocked the England and Manchester United midfielder in the April. But after sleeping in oxygen tents and wearing surgical boots, the national treasure made a full recovery to play in all five of England's games. He even scored the winning penalty against Argentina.
2000: Steve Redgrave
The biggest date in the diary for the five-times Olympic gold medallist was a meeting with the Queen as the then 39-year-old was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2001. Redgrave made history at the Sydney Olympics by winning a fifth consecutive gold and then announced his retirement from rowing a few months later.
This time there was to be no U-turn and a career in sports punditry and presenting beckoned.
1999: Lennox Lewis
Fresh from being crowned the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, the east London boxer defended his WBC, IBO and IBF titles with second-round KOs against American Michael Grant and South African Francois Botha and a 12-round decision against New Zealand's David Tua. His reign was to continue until a 2001 date with underdog Hasim Rahman.
1998: Michael Owen
Off the back of 'that' goal against Argentina and his heroics at France 98, the Liverpool striker seemed destined to be the most prolific striker in England's history. But then one specific injury struck in the spring of 1999. It was an injury that was to hamper his career. On April 12, 1999, Owen tore a hamstring for the first time in a match against Leeds. It stripped him of his blistering pace. “Getting that massive injury at Leeds has probably changed and shaped my whole career,” Owen said back in 2012.
1997: Greg Rusedski
Rusedski started 1998 as world No 6 but early exits at the Australian and French Opens stifled his charge towards the top of the rankings. An ankle injury struck in the build up to Wimbledon and after coach Tony Pickard warned him not to play at SW19, advice Rusedski ignored, the pair went their separate ways. The Canadian-born big-server was unable to mount another run to the final of the US Open which had earned him his SPOTY award, but a win over then world No 1 Pete Sampras at the Paris Indoor Open final in late November gave him renewed hope for 1999.