Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy is an eleven time World Champion and winner of six Olympic gold medals - a tally that marks him as Britain's greatest Olympian and the most successful cyclist in history.

After starting out in competitive BMX at the age of seven, Chris became Scottish champion and was ranked ninth in the world. As a teenager he also competed as a rower, winning silver in the junior coxless pairs at the British Championships; but he decided to concentrate his efforts on track cycling, and by the age of twenty he had joined the national squad.

Chris' first Olympic gold came in Athens, achieving success in the 1km time trial. With three more golds at Beijing, Chris was feted as a British sporting hero – but it was at the London Games where he became a true legend. Winning the two competitions in which he was eligible, Chris' tearful moment on the podium became a defining image.