Sir Chris Hoy factfile

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Sir Chris Hoy: Dabbled with BMX and rowing before turning to track cycling

Sir Chris Hoy: Dabbled with BMX and rowing before turning to track cycling

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Sir Chris Hoy has announced his retirement after an illustrious 18-year career. Here is a look back at his life and time on the bike...

1976
Born Edinburgh on March 23.

1987
Finishes 10th in BMX World Championships as an 11-year-old.

1993
Finishes second in the coxless pairs at the British national rowing championships.

1999
Wins silver in team sprint at European Championships and silver in same event at World Championships. Graduates in Sports Science from Moray House Institute, Edinburgh.

2000
Wins silver in team sprint at Olympics in Sydney and at World Championships in Manchester.

Sir Chris Hoy in numbers

  • 0.005
    The margin in seconds by which Hoy missed out on breaking the 1km world record in La Paz, Bolivia, in 2007.
  • 2
    The number of Commonwealth Games gold medals Hoy won.
  • 6
    The number of Olympic gold medals Hoy won over three Games.
  • 7
    The total number of Olympic medals Hoy won over four Games.
  • 11
    The number of world titles Hoy won between 2002 and 2012.
  • 18
    The length of Hoy's professional track cycling career in years.
  • 25
    The number of world championship medals Hoy won between 1999 and 2012.
  • 27
    The circumference in inches of Hoy's thighs.
  • 35
    The number of hours Hoy trained per week during the height of his career.
  • 49
    The speed in mph Hoy would reach during a sprint.
  • 2,000
    The maximum power in watts Hoy outputted during a sprint.
  • 6,000
    The number of calories Hoy consumed per day during training.

2002
Beats Olympic champion Jason Queally to win 1km time trial at Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Also wins bronze in team sprint. Wins gold in 1km and team sprint at World Championships.

2003
Loses 1km title after finishing outside the medal places at the World Championships.

2004
May: Wins 1km gold medal at World Championships.

August: wins 1km gold medal at the Olympic Games, setting sea-level world record with time of 1:00.711.

2005
Wins gold in team sprint and bronze in 1km at World Championships.

2006
Wins gold in team sprint and bronze in kilometre at Commonwealth Games.

Wins gold in 1km and silver in team sprint at World Championships.

2007
Wins gold in keirin and 1km and silver in team sprint at World Championships. Falls short of 1km world record by 0.005 seconds in La Paz, Bolivia.

2008
March: becomes first British cyclist in 54 years to win world sprint title at World Championships in Manchester. Also wins gold in keirin and silver in team sprint.

August 15: Wins Olympic gold in team sprint in Beijing along with Jamie Staff and Jason Kenny.

August 16: Wins gold in the men's keirin.

August 19: Wins another gold medal - his third of the Beijing Games - in the men's sprint, making him Britain's most successful Olympian at a single Olympics for 100 years.

December 14: Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

December 31: Awarded a knighthood in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

2009
Suffers a hip injury during keirin final at Copenhagen World Cup, which forces him to miss World Championships in Pruszkow.

2010
March: Wins 10th world title with keirin victory in Copenhagen. Also takes bronze in team sprint.

July: Announces intention to miss Commonwealth Games.

November: Third in team sprint at European Championships in Pruszkow.

2011
Takes silver in three events at World Championships in Apeldoorn.

2012
February: Wins sprint and keirin at London World Cup, an event that doubles as the Olympic test event.

April: Wins keirin world title in Melbourne. Claims bronze in the sprint after being beaten by Kenny in the semi-final.

August 2: Wins fifth Olympic gold medal in London 2012 men's team sprint bringing him level on golds with Sir Steve Redgrave.

August 7 : Wins the men's keirin at London 2012, his second gold of the Games and his sixth Olympic gold medal in total making him Britain's most successful Olympian.

2013
April 15: Calls a media conference for April 18 in home city of Edinburgh, where he is expected to announce his retirement from competitive cycling.

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