Chris Hoy on how he rates our chances this summer

10 May 2012 / 13:22

Sir Chris Hoy is the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time but shyly rejects the label of ‘greatest living Scot’. Perhaps a few more golds at London 2012 will convince him...

Having secured wins in the Keirin, Sprint and Team Sprint events four years ago in Beijing, all eyes will be on Sir Chris Hoy to see if he can build on his historic gold medal tally in London. Hopes are high, especially after the Scot christened the Olympic Park Velodrome by coming first in both the Keirin and Men’s Sprint events at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in February. Here, Sir Chris, 36, who is married to Edinburgh lawyer Sarra Kemp, tells Our Greatest Team Magazine how he rates our chances this summer, his training secrets, and why he’s not yet ready to hang up his helmets…

How are you feeling ahead of the 2012 Games, Chris?

Well, training is going well and in terms of my age, cyclists can perform at the highest level well into their 30s. There was a 39-year-old gold medallist from Spain and even in our team, Jamie Staff won a gold at 35 in the Team Sprint, so I’m still a spring chicken!

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