- Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete with six gold medals and one silver
- Voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year
- 11-time track cycling world champion
- Engages and inspires audiences through his story and life achievements
Sir Chris Hoy MBE is Britain’s greatest Olympic athlete with six gold medals and 11 track cycling world championships.
Chris won his first Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004 and three more at the Beijing Olympics, cementing his name in the history books.
In 2012 at his home Olympic Games in London, Chris won his fifth and sixth gold medals, becoming Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete of all time with six gold medals and one silver.
He was born and raised in Edinburgh and has been competing in various sports since the age of seven. He raced BMX until he was 14 years old, becoming Scottish Champion and ranking second in Britain and ninth in the world.
Chris also rowed and played rugby for his school, George Watson’s College, throughout his teenage years. He rowed for Scotland as a junior, winning a British Championship silver medal in the Coxless Pairs.
Following his historic hat-trick of gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, Chris was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He was also awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list.
In 2012 at his home Olympic Games in London, Chris won his fifth and sixth gold medals- in the Keirin and Team Sprint- becoming Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete of all time with six gold medals and one silver.
As well as his sporting achievements, Chris has a BSc Honours in Applied Sports Science from the University of Edinburgh. In 2005 he was awarded two Honorary Doctorates – one from the University of Edinburgh and another from Heriot-Watt University. He was also awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of St Andrews.
Chris’ achievements throughout his career make him Scotland’s most successful Olympian, the first Briton since 1908 to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games, and the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time.