Our Olympic Quotations of the Day
8th August 2012
Well, how exciting is this Olympics? It was only a few days ago that I wrote a post stating that Bradley Wiggins had become the most decorated British Olympian and here we are, just 5 days later, and now Chris Hoy has taken over that mantle. And he was very pleased about it;
“This is the perfect end to my Olympic career. At Sydney (in 2000), I was just over the moon with a silver medal. If I’d have stopped then I would have been a happy boy, but to go on to Athens, Beijing and here, I can’t put it into words.”
“I’m in shock. You try to compose yourself but it’s surreal. I wanted to win gold in front of my home crowd. I saw everyone stepping up to the plate and thankfully it worked out for me too.”
“I can’t put into words what it means to me. It’s one of the greatest feelings I have ever had.“
As for the future?
“I’m 99.9% sure I won’t be competing in Rio. How can you top this? The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is another question, as that would be the dream ending for me.”
A Bit About Chris Hoy
Sir Chris Hoy, MBE, was born on the 23rd March 1976. He’s a Scottish track cyclist representing Great Britain and Scotland and a multiple World Champion and winner of seven Olympic Medals, six of which are Gold Medals.
He became Scotland’s most successful Olympian after winning his three Gold Medals in Beijing 2008, as well as, the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games since Henry Taylor in 1908. He’s also our most successful Olympic cyclist. He won a further two gold medals (in the Keirin and Team Sprint) at the London 2012 Olympics, making him the most successful British Olympian of all time.
Chris was born and raised in Edinburgh and has competed in various sports since he was just seven years old. He started to show his talent as a cyclist when he raced BMX, which he did until the age of 14, during which time he became Scottish Champion, ranking 2nd in Britain and 9th in the world.
He also rowed and played rugby for his school, George Watson’s College, throughout his teenage years, rowing for Scotland as a junior and winning a British Championship Silver Medal in the Coxless Pairs.
Chris joined his first cycling club in Dunedin in 1992 and, two years later, joined The City of Edinburgh Racing Club, which is the most successful track club in Britain. Since 1996, he’s been an integral member of the Great Britain National squad. He won his first World Medal in 1999 – a Silver in the Team Sprint – and has won 11 world and two Commonwealth titles to date.
As well as his sporting achievements, Chris has a BSc Honours in Applied Sports Science from the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded two Honorary Doctorates in 2005 – one from the University of Edinburgh and another from Heriot-Watt University. He was also awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of St Andrews.
Following his historic hat-trick of gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, Chris Hoy was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He was also awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list, capping an extraordinary year for the track cyclist from Edinburgh.
Awards and Recognition for Chris Hoy
- BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year, 2003
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year, 2008
- Sports Journalists Association Sportsman of the Year, 2008
- Appointed MBE for services to cycling, 2005
- Created Knight Bachelor, 2009
- Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Edinburgh, 2005
- Honorary Doctor of Science, Heriot-Watt University, 2006
- Inducted to University of St Andrews Sports Hall of Fame, 2007
- Honorary Doctor of Science, University of St Andrews, 2009
- Inducted to University of Edinburgh Sports Hall of Fame, 2009
And now Chris Hoy’s the most decorated British Olympian of all time. I wonder whether he’ll be able to hold on to the title a little longer than Bradley Wiggins? 😆
Have a great one,