Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy is a multiple World Champion track cyclist and winner of six Olympic gold medals – a tally that marks him as Britain’s greatest Olympian. Following three gold medals in Beijing 2008, Hoy became Scotland’s most successful Olympian, the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic games since Henry Taylor, in 1908, and the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time.
Chris has been competing in various sports since he was seven years of age. Through to the age of fourteen, he raced BMX and was Scottish Champion, British No 2, European No 5 and World No 9. Chris joined his first cycling club, Dunedin CC, in 1992. Over these early years, he raced Time Trials, Mountain Bike, Road and Track. As the other events dropped away, Chris concentrated on Track and in 1994, he joined The City of Edinburgh Racing Club, the most successful track club in Britain.
Since turning senior, Chris has concentrated on track sprint cycling and has been a member of the Great Britain National Squad since 1996. In addition to his sporting achievements, he studied at the University of St Andrews where he was voted Sportsman of the Year 1996, and was awarded his Blues in his first year. He transferred to Edinburgh University where he graduated in 1999 with a BSc Honours in Applied Sports Science. In 2005, he was awarded two Honorary Doctorates, one from the University of Edinburgh and another from Heriot Watt University. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
With three golds won in the Beijing Olympics, Chris was feted as a British sporting hero, but it was at the London 2012 games where he became a legend and Olympic great. His second win of the competition also elevated him to the the position of the country’s greatest Olympian.
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