Sir Chris Hoy has decided to retire from cycling after winning six Olympic Gold medals and becoming the most successful British Olympian ever, taking the title from Sir Steve Redgrave.
Sir Chris has retired after a successful London 2012 Olympic Games, where he won two Olympic gold medals and was one of the most popular athletes representing Team GB during the games.
During his announcement, Sir Chris, stated that this decision was not an easy one to make, however he believed that he would not be able to win at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014 and he wanted someone else to take his place.
After 19 years of cycling, Sir Chris has become an icon for the sport, during his retirement speech he spoke about its increasing popularity and stated that “It has gone from a minority sport to a major sport and to have been part of that journey is a massive honour”.
When his retirement was made public, Sir Chris’s fellow athletes were quick to support his decision and show their admiration for the British Olympian.
When asked about Sir Chris Hoy’s retirement, Sir Steve Redgrave showed his respect for his fellow Olympian saying “Sir Chris Hoy should be rated right at the top of Britain’s sporting pantheon...He is not just a big name in Britain but a major sportsman in global terms.”
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