Chris Hoy

By: Victoria Yates
Christopher Hoy was born on the 23rd of March, 1976 in Edinburgh. He started competing early in life (after allegedly taking up cycling as a result of watching the film ET). He raced BMX between the ages of 7 and 14 to become Scottish champion and then the number 2 in Britain (not to mention European number 5 and World number 9). His early career took him to races in Britain, Europe and to the USA. Chris went to George Watson's College where he continued not only to cycle but also to row and play rugby. Beyond cycling, he achieved success in rowing and won a British Championship silver in the Junior Coxless pairs. After school he studied at St. Andrews University before transferring to the University of Edinburgh where he graduated with a degree in Sports Science (1999). After Olympic gold medal success in Athens, he was awarded an honorary doctorate both from Edinburgh University and from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (2005).

Chris joined his first cycling club, Dunedin CC, in 1992. He then choose to concentrate on track cycling in 1994 after joining the City of Edinburgh Racing Club, the most successful track club in Britain. Since "going senior", Chris has been a member of the Great Britain National Squad since 1996. His career has seen many successes, most recently winning three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. Chris thus became the first British Olympian for 100 years to collect three gold medals at one Games. He holds a number of world records - the 500m flying start (at a second less that his predecessor) and the sea-level kilometer record when he won the Olympics in Athens in 2004. Since 1999, Chris has received 9 gold medals at the World Championships, 3 at the Commonwealth Games and has won 4 Olympic golds and 1 silver over the last three Games.

Chris is also active in other areas - for example, as spokesperson for the UK's Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID). To quote him on their website: "Get on your bike and enjoy the breath-taking experience of cycling from London to Paris for RNID. It’s a great way to get yourself fit, meet new people and help change the world for deaf and hard of hearing people.You don’t need to cycle at record-breaking speed – you can choose to pick up the pace or just enjoy a leisurely ride past some wonderful scenery."

He received an MBE on the New Years honour roll in 2005 - and is tipped for knighthood. Chris has thus reached the height of his profession. His attitude, dedication and inspiration of others have helped lead a wave of cycling triumphs with his team, and encouraged many youngsters to get involved in the sport. Chris is clearly an exemplary leader in modern athletics.