At a glance

23 Mar 1976 Edinburgh, Scotland
The Real McHoy / His Royal Hoyness
185 cm / 93 kg 6'1'' / 204 pounds
Male
Inspired to try cycling by a scene in the film “E.T.”, Chris Hoy soon reached the world’s top ten rankings in BMX and in addition was a medallist at the Scottish Junior Rowing Championships. His rise to the top mirrored his nation’s emergence from also-rans to the top of track cycling. Hoy won his first Olympic medal as part of the team sprint at the Sydney Games and then turned his attention to the kilometre time trial. This move proved successful as he won the world title in 2002 and 2004 before winning gold at the Athens Olympics. The kilometre was...

Inspired to try cycling by a scene in the film “E.T.”, Chris Hoy soon reached the world’s top ten rankings in BMX and in addition was a medallist at the Scottish Junior Rowing Championships. His rise to the top mirrored his nation’s emergence from also-rans to the top of track cycling.

Hoy won his first Olympic medal as part of the team sprint at the Sydney Games and then turned his attention to the kilometre time trial. This move proved successful as he won the world title in 2002 and 2004 before winning gold at the Athens Olympics. The kilometre was removed from the Olympic programme for the 2008 Games so Hoy was forced to change to other track sprinting events. His switch proved very successful as led the very successful British cycling team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with three gold medals. After anchoring the British team sprint squad to the title, Hoy dominated the match sprint and keirin competitions to win three gold medals, the best track cycling performance at a single Olympics since Marcus Hurley in 1904. For this performance and others he was a given a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth in the 2009 New Year Honours List and was voted his nation’s sports person of the year.

Hoy retained his team sprint and keirin titles at the 2012 London Olympics, where he was the Great Britain flagbearer, and in the process became the most successful Olympic cyclist in history with six gold medals. However, his record was equaled by fellow Briton Jason Kenny at Rio in 2016. After the 2012 Games Hoy shared the overall cycling medal record of 7 with Bradley Wiggins but Wiggins went on to win a record eighth medal in 2016. Hoy’s world championship record is equally impressive as he won 11 gold medals, 8 silver and 6 bronze between 1999 and 2012. He also has the unique distinction of having won world and Olympic titles in all four sprinting disciplines (individual sprint, time trial, keirin and team sprint). The velodrome built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is named in his honour. Hoy retired from competitive cycling in 2013 and went into business promoting his HOY Bikes, cycling accessories and clothing. He also wrote a series of children’s books entitles Flying Fergus. In June 2016 he took part in, and completed, the grueling Le Mans 24-Hour motor race. He was also an integral part of the BBC commentary and pundit team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chris in numbers

4
Olympics
Olympics
7
medals
Gold medal:6 Silver medal:1 Bronze medal:
  • London
    London 2012
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    London
    London 2012
    • 1 Gold medal
      Cycling
      Team Sprint
    • 1 Gold medal
      Cycling
      Keirin
  • Beijing
    Beijing 2008
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Beijing
    Beijing 2008
    • 1 Gold medal
      Cycling
      Sprint
    • 1 Gold medal
      Cycling
      Team Sprint
    • 1 Gold medal
      Cycling
      Keirin
  • Athens
    Athens 2004
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Athens
    Athens 2004
    • 1 Gold medal
      Cycling
      1,000 metres Time Trial
    • 5
      Cycling
      Team Sprint
  • Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    • AC h1 r2/4
      Cycling
      Keirin
    • 2 Silver medal
      Cycling
      Team Sprint

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