What can you say about Sir Chris Hoy that has not already been said? He is quite simply the greatest track cyclist of his generation and his long list of achievements stretches back over two decades.
He burst onto the scene with a silver medal-winning performance in the team sprint at the 1999 World Championships and repeated that feat 12 months later in Antwerp before gaining another silver medal in his first Olympics in Sydney.
By the time the next Games rolled around, Hoy had added six further World Championship medals to his bulging palmarès, three of them gold, and had also taken home two medals from the 2002 Commonwealth Games. In Athens he secured his first Olympic title by romping to victory in the 1km time trial, and that achievement earned him an MBE in the 2005 New Year Honours List.
Hoy's unbelievable form showed no signs of abating in the three years which followed and six further world titles were garnered in the sprint, team sprint, 1km time trial and keirin before his now legendary 2008 Olympics campaign.
It was in Beijing that the Scotsman won three Olympic gold medals in the space of four memorable days. The first came in the team sprint alongside Jason Kenny and Jamie Staff, and Hoy edged out team-mate Ross Edgar in the keirin final before completing his hat-trick against Kenny in the sprint.
Those results brought him the Sports Personality of the Year award in 2008 and he became a Knight of the Realm in the 2009 New Years Honours List.
Since then, Hoy has stayed at the very top of his game and wrapped up no less than seven more World Championships medals – two of them gold – in the intervening period. The most recent of those came in the men’s Keirin in Melbourne last April, and it is in that event where he will be going for gold again whilst also bidding for his second successive team sprint success.