Sir Christopher Andrew Hoy, famous known as Chris Hoy, is an eleven-times a world champion and six-times an Olympic champion. Here are some very interesting facts about the British racing driver and track cyclist, nicknamed as “Flying Scot:”
He was born Christopher Andrew Hoy, on March 23, 1976, in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
He is one of the two children to Carol and David Hoy. He grew up in in the suburb of Murrayfield near Edinburgh and has a sister Carrie.
He attended George Watson’s College and later joined University of St. Andrews, studying Mathematics and Physics. He was transferred to Edinburgh University, to pursue his sporting career and graduated in 1999 with a BSc Honors in Applied Sports Science.
He was inspired to cycle at the age of six after watching 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. He started racing in bicycle motocross and was ranked second in Briton, fifth in Europe and ninth in the world.
Apart from cycling he was good at rugby and rowing. He represented the Scotland Junior Rowing team and was second in the 1993 National Rowing Championship with Grand Florence as his coxless pair.
His first cycling club was Dunedin C.C and in 1993, he joined the ‘City of Edinburgh Racing Club and started concentrating on track cycling.In 1994, he won his first competitive medal of merit at the British Championship, silver in the junior sprint.
With the launch of British Cycling Federation’s World Class Performance Plan, in 1997, funding was taken care off. He justified their faith with a silver medal in the team sprint at the ‘1999 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.’
Hoy along with Craig MacLean and Jason Queally, won the silver medal in the team sprint at Sydney Olympics in 2000 for his first Olympics medals. They timed 44.680 s. The medal became part of British Cycling renaissance period.
At Olympic village in Athens, Hoy narrowly escaped being sidelined from Olympic participation when he met with an accident. He avoided serious injury when he came of his bike in front of village bus.
With form of his life in his main event, in the Kilo Time Trial, he started last after the previous rider Arnaud Tournant had set the fastest ever sea-level kilo. He bettered the time on each lap and went on to record a new sea-level World and Olympic Record of 1.00.711, for his first Olympic Gold medal at Athens.
On May 12, 2007, Hoy celebrated a new world record after smashing the ‘flying’ 500m markby more than a second in Bolivia. He completed the distance in24.758 secs, obliterating Arnaud Duble’s 2001 mark.
After it was decided to do away with Kilo Time Trial from Olympics, Hoy started experimenting from being pure power sprinter to more tactical sprinting events. He began with Keirin events and tasted success at Manchester round of the World Cup Classics Series in 2007.
Hoy accounted for three of the eight gold medal won by Great Briton at 2008 Beijing Olympics. He took gold in men’s Keirin, the men’s team sprint and men’s individual sprint. He is the first British Olympian to claim three gold medals in 100 years at a single Olympics. He was named ‘2008, BBC Sports Personality of the Year.’
In December 2008, Hoy defeated Dave Daniell in the sprint and Matt Crampton in the invitation Keirin at the Revolution event in Manchester.
Participating in the ‘UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic’ in the fifth and final round in Copenhagen, Denmark, in February, 2009, he won the gold in the team sprint event and was in course for another in the Keirin, before crashing out.
Hoy’s crash at Copenhagen, forced him out of action for about three months. Initially the injury seemed minor but later it was diagnosed with serious de-gloving injury, which kept him out of competition for the season.
He started the 2009-10 season with three gold medal representing ‘SKY’ team at the British National Championships. He won the Keirin, sprint and Team sprint. He repeated this feat in the ‘2009, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic’ first round at Manchester.
At the ‘UCI World Cycling Championship’ in March, held at Denmark, Hoy won his 10th world title. After missing out in the individual sprint and with a bronze medal in the team sprint, Hoy brought joy to British fans with gold medal in the Keirin event, defeating A. Awang of Malaysia.
Despite losing the men’s sprint event at European Championships and at Manchester World Cup, Hoy made a statement of intent in single match sprint victory at the British National Cycling Championship, in October 2011.
In February 2012, at the Track World Cup, London, Hoy powered home to victory in the individual sprint to win his second gold medal apart from bronze in the team sprint. Earlier he had won gold in the Keirin event.
Hoy had the honor of leading out his teammates out in the athletics parade. The four time Olympic champion was proud flag-bearer for team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. He was also nominated as an ambassador for the games in London.
He brought glory to himself and for the country when he won the team sprint with Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes, in world record time of 42.600, defeating France. He went on to win his individual gold in the Men’s Keirin defeating Maximilian Levy of Germany.
Hoy became the most successful British Olympian ever winning a total of six gold medals and became the joint holder with fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins for most medals won by British athlete in the Olympic Games.
On April 18, 2013, he announced his retirement from competitive cycling after being the sport for 19 years.
Hot took to motorsports following his retirement from cycling. He contested the inaugural season of ‘Radical Sportscars SR1 Cup’ and earning his first motorsports podium at Snetterton in the same season.
He took his first international competition at the opening round of the 2015 European Le Mans Series at Silverstone. He won the along with team-mate Charlie Robertson driving a Ginetta-Nissan. The pair went on to win two more in the series ‘LMP3’ class.
In November, he unveiled the brand ‘Hoy Bikes’ after winning the double Olympics gold in London. He started with road bikes, city bikes, track bikes and went on to promote several other designs including for children.
Hoy married Sarra Kemp, a lawyer from Edinburgh, in 2010, at St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. They have a son Callum and a daughter Chole.
After publishing his autobiography in 2009, he published two fictions for children, about cycling called ‘Flying Fergus’ in 2016.
In April 2013, he accepted the appointment of ambassador to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and assumed the rank of Honorary Group Captain. In the same year he was appointed as an ambassador for the UNICEF UK.