Chris Hoy

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  • Sport: Bicycle Racing
  • Born:March 23, 1976 ,Edinburgh
  • Residence:London, United Kingdom

He won his first Olympic medal in Sydney in 2000 with a silver in the Team Sprint, but went one better four years later in Athens with gold in 1km Time Trial.

Biography

Chris Hoy is one of the Olympic Games’ greatest ever cyclists.

He won his first Olympic medal in Sydney in 2000 with a silver in the Team Sprint, but went one better four years later in Athens with gold in 1km Time Trial.

It was in Beijing where Hoy really announced himself, winning three gold medals in the Sprint, Keirin and Team Sprint, helping set a new world record in the latter. He was the first Briton since 1908 to have won three gold medals at a single Olympic Games.

At London 2012, Hoy was selected to lead out Team GB at the Olympic Stadium Opening Ceremony and took gold again in both the Team Sprint and Keirin, to become Britain’s greatest ever Olympian with a total of six gold medals and one silver.

Growing up in Edinburgh, Hot was inspired to take up cycling by the Hollywood blockbuster E.T – The Extra Terrestrial and competed for both Scotland and Great Britain in BMX when he was 14, becoming Scottish champion and UK number two. He also won a British Championship junior silver rowing medal for Scotland in the coxless pairs.

In 1992 Hoy focused on cycling, first with the Dunedin club, then The City of Edinburgh Racing Squad, at the time the UK’s most successful cycling team, which earned him selection to the British national squad and set him on the road to Olympic glory.

He retired from competitive cycling in 2013 but his competitive edge has not deserted him and in June 2016, he finished the world’s most demanding motorsport endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, on his debut.