Sir Chris Hoy: Great Britain's Greatest?
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Sir Christopher Andrew Hoy, MBE, has announced his retirement from international cycling. It brings to a close a career that includes six gold medals, eleven world titles, and the complete reinvention of his sport. Over the course of his time in the saddle, medals for British Cycling have gone from being an exception to an expectation. As Sir Chris moves onto the next chapter of his life as a British icon, it seems appropriate to look back over the career of Britain’s greatest Olympian. Story has it that Sir Chris’ desire to cycle stemmed from watching ET when he was six years old. Starting in BMX at the age of seven, he was Scottish Champion and ranked second in Britain and fifth in the world by the time he was 14. A gifted sportsman, Hoy also played rugby for his school and rowed for Scotland, winning a silver medal in the coxless pair at the 1993 British Championships. The Scot’s focus on track cycling really began in 1994 when he joined the City of Edinburgh Racing Club, Britain’s most successful cycling club. Becoming a regular on the international circuit in just two years, and won his first medal at the World Championships in 1999, claiming silver for the Team Sprint. A year later, he participated in his first Olympic Games in Sydney, and received the first of his seven Olympic medals, silver in the Team Sprint.
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