Sir Chris Hoy has spoken of his delight at the unveiling of the first of the London 2012 Olympics venues – the Velodrome.
Sir Chris, a triple gold medallist, says he "can't wait" to compete on the new track at the Games next year. Hoy helped work on the design for the venue in Stratford, east London.
The Velodrome is the first of the "big five" venues at the Olympic Park to be completed and has opened on time and on budget.
Sir Chris told Sky News: "I can't actually wait until 2012 when I can compete on it. It'll be nice when we turn up on race day for the first day of competition at the Olympics.
"All of the Union Jacks will be out and, hopefully, the noise and the atmosphere will give us an advantage - maybe put the fear of death into the other countries too."
Hoy believes the 6,000-seater velodrome, which will host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics indoor cycling and BMX events, will be the best cycle venue in the world.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson addressed the crowds at the opening: "This is an amazing moment - this is the completion of the most wonderful velodrome in the whole world."
He described the track as the "crucible where future British champions are going to be forged".
The Velodrome was built by Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates, who were appointed after a design competition.
Work is still underway on the other four main venues at the Olympic Park - the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, the Olympic Village and the Media Centre.
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