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14 Great Truths You Did Not Know About Chris Hoy

1. Sir Christopher Andrew Hoy, MBE , known as Chris Hoy, is a British racing driver and former track cyclist who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and World Championships and Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

2. Hoy is eleven-times a world champion and six-times an Olympic champion.

3. After winning a further two gold medals than any other British athlete.

4. 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.

5. He received sponsorship from Slazenger and Kwik-Fit, and was competing in Europe and the U.S. He first became aware of track cycling when he watched TV coverage of Scottish sprinter Eddie Alexander winning a bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Hoy also rowed for the Scottish junior team, coming second in the 1993 British championship with Grant Florence in the coxless pairs.

6. Hoy joined his first cycling club, Dunedin C.C., in 1990 aged 14, and began concentrating on track cycling in 1993, when he joined the City of Edinburgh Racing Club.

7. Hoy won silver in Berlin, at the 1999 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the team sprint, riding at man one, Craig MacLean at 2 and Jason Quealley at 3.

8. Regular team mates in the team sprint over the years have included Craig Maclean, Ross Edgar, Jamie Staff, Jason Queally, Matthew Crampton and Jason Kenny.

9. They were beaten by an excellent French team but the two medals won for GB was the start of the renaissance on British Cycling which has lead on to remarkable results over his career.

10. His main event was the Kilo Time Trial and the race produced what is probably the best ever Kilo competition.

11. The sea level World Record was broken four times as he sat in the track centre waiting for his start.

12. As he came out of the starting gate, his scarred arms and legs showed how close he was to not competing.

13. The previous rider was the great Arnaud Tournant who set the fastest ever sea-level kilo.

14. Chris came next and, cheered on by thousands of loyal British fans, he bettered the time on each lap, setting a new sea-level World and Olympic Record of 1.00.711.

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