TWO YEARS ago Sir Chris Hoy hung up his cycling shoes and put on a crash helmet in a bid for Le Mans success. Now Britain’s most successful Olympian and the best Olympic male cyclist of all time is a proven winner on four wheels, too.
Do you know exactly how many Olympic medals Hoy won, though? Scroll down for the answer…
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Sir Chris Hoy MBE has won six Olympic gold medals and one silver. His first was a silver at the 2000 Sydney Games for the team sprint, before he managed a gold at Athens 2004 in the kilo – the 1km sprint. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Hoy surpassed that achievement with a gold in the keirin, sprint and team sprint events, making him the first Brit since 1908 to win three gold medals in a single Games. To mark that achievement, Hoy was knighted in the 2009 new year honours list.
The Edinburgh-born cyclist then picked up two golds medals at London 2012 — a dream result at his home event.
There are also many world championship and Commonwealth Games medals, of course.
Hoy retired from competitive cycling the following year and has launched his own range of HOY bikes, invested in a chain of gyms and taken on a number of ambassadorial roles. It’s a wonder he has found the time to become a world-class racing driver, too.