Great Britain’s greatest cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy, has officially announced his retirement from his beloved sport of Cycling. Hoy was Great Britain’s most successful Olympian winning more Gold medals over his Olympic career than any other British man, making his record 6 Olympic Gold medals a difficult task to beat in the future. He also achieved the most Gold medals in one Olympic Games, at Beijing in 2008, where he earned 3 Gold medals for triumphing in the team sprint, keirin & sprint. Chris Hoy has also won various Gold medals in the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
A few days ago, Sir Chris Hoy announced that he was going to have a news conference at Murrayfield in Edinburgh and everyone started to speculate that he was going to retire from the sport, but now the Scot has officially announced it. The Scot has had an extremely successful life claiming all of his Gold medals, winning the BBC Sports personality of the year award in 2008 and possibly the greatest achievement, receiving a knighthood by Her Majesty The Queen.
When talking about the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sir Chris Hoy commented, “I wanted to get a medal for Scotland. I didn’t think I could so wanted someone else to take my place. Nothing would give me more pleasure than going to Glasgow, but I don’t want to be there for the numbers. Now it’s time for younger riders to experience what it is like to compete in front of a home crowd. I will be there to open it and soak up the experience.”
When asked whether he thought if he was the greatest British Olympian of all time, he was quick to say that he didn’t think he was, in his opinion Sir Steve Redgrave was the greatest British Olympian, who won 5 Gold medals and one less than Sir Chris Hoy himself. Hoy is currently hoping to start up his own business selling a new brand of bikes which would have his name stamped on them.
Fellow cyclist Mark Cavendish was the first to comment on Sir Chris Hoy’s retirement and his successful career, “Cycling has grown and there’s one face that’s been at the front of that, Chris Hoy. I could not have hoped for a better face to represent my sport through these growing years. I could not have hoped for someone else to spearhead that than him.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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