6'1" (1.85m) Sir Christopher Hoy, MBE (born 1976) is a British former
track cyclist who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and World
Championships and Scotland at the Commonwealth Games. Hoy considers
himself to be both Scottish and British. Hoy is an eleven-time world
champion, six-time Olympic champion and a winner of a total of seven
Olympic Games medals, six gold and one silver.
Hoy is the most successful Olympic cyclist of all time. With his three gold medals in 2008 Summer Olympics, 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 cyclist. He won a further two gold medals (in the keirin and team sprint) at the 2012 Summer Olympics, making him the most successful British Olympian of all time in terms of gold medals, and the joint most decorated athlete with fellow cyclist Bradley Wiggins with seven medals in total.
Hoy grew up in the suburb of Corstorphine in the west of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was educated at George Watson's College, a co-educational independent school in Edinburgh, followed by the University of St Andrews in 996. He subsequently transferred to the University of Edinburgh, from which he graduated B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Sports Science in 999. Hoy was inspired to cycle at age six by the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Before track cycling, Hoy raced BMX between the ages of 7 and 4 and was ranked second in Britain, fifth in Europe, and ninth in the world. He received sponsorship from Slazenger and Kwik-Fit, and was competing in Europe and the U.S. He first became aware of track cycling when he watched TV coverage of Scottish sprinter Eddie Alexander winning a bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Hoy also rowed for the Scottish junior team, coming second in the 1993 British championship with Grant Florence in the coxless pairs. He played rugby as part of his school's team.
Hoy joined his first cycling club, Dunedin C.C., in 1992 aged 6, and began concentrating on track cycling in 1994, when he joined the City of Edinburgh Racing Club. Hoy won silver at the 999 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the team sprint, riding as the third man. Regular team mates in the team sprint over the years have included Craig Maclean, Ross Edgar, Jamie Staff, Jason Queally, Matthew Crampton and Jason Kenny. The team's first World Title came in 2002, in the Ballerup Velodrome, Copenhagen. Hoy also won the Kilo ( km track time trial) title the same year beating Arnaud Tournant by 1/1000 of a second.
He competed in multiple Olympic games. But I don't really care about cycling, or sports, so I'm not going to talk about it.
On 8 April 2013 Hoy announced his retirement. He said he was very proud to have taken part in the transformation of the sport. After announcing his retirement on the 22 April 2013, Hoy accepted the appointment of ambassador to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and will assume the rank of Honorary Group Captain RAFVR. Hoy responded by saying: "I am thrilled to be invited to be an ambassador for the Air Cadets organization. I am really impressed by the wide range of activities on offer to the cadets and by the commitment of the adult volunteers who support these young people in achieving their potential and becoming good citizens."
|CHRIS HOY FALLS OFF BIKE|
Gorgeous Kelly Brook and Chris Hoy pose for photos riding old time bicycles. Nobody knows more about bike riding than Chris Hoy but that doesn't stop him from falling off the thing. How did people ride those crazy old time bikes a hundred years ago?