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Hoy targets 2012 hat-trick

Olympic hero eyes three more golds - but even he can't get a ticket

Last Updated: 22/07/11 9:06am

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If successful Hoy will take his gold tally to seven

If successful Hoy will take his gold tally to seven

Sir Chris Hoy is targeting another Olympic gold hat-trick on the cycling track in London next year.

The 35-year-old said he was aiming to be even better than he was at the 2008 event when he won a trio of golds in Beijing.

Success in all three would see Hoy surpass rower Sir Steven Redgrave's five golds with a total of seven, and secure his place in Olympic history.

"For me London is the big one and I aim to be the best I've ever been and hopefully repeat what I did in Beijing.The plan is written, I've got the training programme, it's all there locked away and I'm very excited and motivated by it and I'm working harder than I've ever worked before."
Sir Chris Hoy Quotes of the week

"For me London is the big one," he said. "And I aim to be the best I've ever been and hopefully repeat what I did in Beijing.

"My target is to go for three events in London and win three gold medals, it is as simple as that.

"The plan is written, I've got the training programme, it's all there locked away and I'm very excited and motivated by it and I'm working harder than I've ever worked before."

Pressure

Some however have suggested that Hoy's star may on the wane after he managed only a silver and two bronzes in the recent world championships in Holland.

But the Scot insisted that he still retains all of his ability and that it was simply a case of timing things right to peak at the perfect moment.

"I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't think it would be possible again," he said. "I don't go there just for the sake of turning up and with our team you wouldn't get there because the standard is so high.

"I believe I have what it takes to do it again. Win, lose or draw, it doesn't matter, you do the best you can and hope it's good enough. I thrive on the pressure."

The biggest pressure for Hoy right now however has more to do with surfing than cycling after he admitted that he too had fallen victim to the Olympic ticket fiasco.

It will come as small consolation to some that even Olympic heroes such as Hoy have had no better luck securing tickets for the games.

Hiding to nothing

So far he has not received any and the same goes for army of family members who travelled to support him in Athens in 2004 and Beijing and want to do the same in London.

"I've got none (tickets) so far...It's tricky. The organisers are on a hiding to nothing. There is so much demand, especially in the cycling."
Sir Chris Hoy Quotes of the week

"I've got none so far," he said. "If you win a place you get two tickets per session. It will be my job to get selection and my family will have to battle it out.

"It's tricky. The organisers are on a hiding to nothing. There is so much demand, especially in the cycling.

"It's a sign of a good Games and that's a real positive thing, but not everyone's going to be happy. Those who are happy are in the minority.

"Every aunty and uncle, my sister, mum and dad, my wife and her family, everyone has been applying for tickets but it is such a scarce thing.

"You have to work out how many are on offer and how many people want to watch track cycling after the success in Beijing."

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