Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy

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Sir Christopher Andrew "Chris" Hoy<!-- Hoy is a Knight Bachelor, not a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, so he is a Sir, but his postnominals remain MBE, not KBE -->, MBE (born 23 March 1976 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is a British track cyclist representing Great Britain and Scotland. He is a multiple world champion and Olympic Games gold medal winner. With his three gold medals in Beijing 2008, Hoy became Scotland's most successful Olympian, the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic games since Henry Taylor, in 1908, and the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time.

Early life

Hoy went to school at George Watson's College, an independent school in Edinburgh. He continued his studies at the University of St Andrews in 1996, before transferring to Moray House at the University of Edinburgh from where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Sports Science in 1999. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in July 2005 and another from Heriot-Watt University in November 2005. Chris returned to St Andrews University in June 2009 to be awarded an honorary Doctor of Science.

Hoy was inspired to cycle at age six by the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Before track cycling, Hoy raced BMX between the ages of 7 and 14 and was ranked second in Britain, fifth in Europe and ninth in the world. He...
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