Britain’s most successful Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, is expected to retire from his beloved sport of cycling on Thursday 18th April 2013 in his home town of Edinburgh. Hoy is expected to retire at the age of 37 after winning two gold medals for Great Britain in the London 2012 Olympics, making him the greatest Olympian from Great Britain.
In 2008, at the Beijing Olympics, Sir Chris Hoy won 3 Gold medals for his country making him Britain’s most successful man in a single Olympics for 100 years. Overall, the Scot has won six Olympic Gold medals; 1 at Athens in 2004, 3 in Beijing in 2008 and 2 in Great Britain in 2012.
After the London Olympics last year, Hoy did hint at the fact that he would retire saying that he was going to have some time out to think about his future before the 2014 Commonwealth Games, being held in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow in his home country of Scotland.
It is not yet confirmed that he will retire, there is merely speculation. Hoy has arranged for a press conference on Thursday where he could say he wants to take part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and have that as his last event as a professional cyclist. However, people believe he is more likely to announce his retirement.
Sir Chris Hoy’s career as an Olympic Cyclist has been a fantastic, but the best years for the Scot was in 2008 where he won 3 Gold medals in Beijing, won the 2008 Sports Personality of the Year Award and was knighted by the Queen to be forever known from then on as a Sir.
When asked during the Olympics about taking part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sir Chris Hoy commented, “There’s no chance I don’t want to do it – the motivation is there and the desire is there. It’s literally down to whether I can do it or not. I wouldn’t just want to get on the team to get the tracksuit, turn up and wave to the crowd. I want to go there to win. If I believe I can do that and I’m able to do that then I will be there.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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