Chris Hoy announces retirement

Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy has announced his retirement from competitive cycling at a press conference in Edinburgh.

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British sporting legend expected to take a back seat

Sir Chis Hoy is expected to announce the end of his illustrious sporting career in his hometown of Edinburgh today.

Sir Chris Hoy celebrates Gold in the team sprint final at the London 2012 Olympics. Credit: PA

The 37-year-old six-time gold medalist is scheduled to hold a media conference at Murrayfield Stadium this morning.

The Olympian celebrates another Gold at the London 2012 Olympics. Credit: PA

Hoy had previously expressed a desire to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but said, "it's about whether my body can hold on."

Chris Hoy with the Knighthood he received from the Prince of Wales during the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA

His retirement will signal the end of a career that includes six Olympic gold medals and 11 world titles, as well as the honours of a Knighthood in 2009 and being awarded BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2008.

Sir Chris Hoy chows off his hat-trick of Gold from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Credit: PA


Sir Chris Hoy: Career of a six-time Olympic gold medalist

Sir Chris Hoy, the UK's most decorated Olympian and the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time, is expected to announce his retirement today.

Highlights in Hoy's 13-year career:

  • Sydney Olympics 2000: Hoy finds the Olympic podium for the first time with a silver medal in the team sprint
  • Copenhagen World Championships 2002: First individual world title
  • Athens Olympics 2004: Gold in the 1km time trial
  • 2005: Appointed MBE for services to cycling
  • Beijing Olympics 2008: Takes three gold medals, in the team and individual sprints and the keiren. Sets new world record in the team sprint
  • 2008: Named BBC Sports Personality of the year
  • 2009: Created Knight Bachelor in New Years honours for services to sport
  • Copenhagen World Championships 2010: Wins 10th world title with keirin victory in Copenhagen. Bronze in team sprint
  • London Olympics 2012: Olympics ambassador, voted as the flag bearer for Team GB. Takes gold in team sprint and the team break two world records. Takes gold in the keirin

Sir Chris Hoy to expected to announce retirement

Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is expected to confirm his retirement today following a 13-year career.

Winner of six Olympic titles, 11 world titles and two Commonwealth crowns, the 37-year-old will formally end his career at a media conference at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive

Hoy competed in his final race on August 7 2012 at the Olympic Keirin final on the last day of the London 2012 track programme.

Hoy delivered with a victory which saw him overtake Sir Steve Redgrave as the Briton with the most Olympic gold medals.

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