Hoy wins BBC Sports Personality lifetime achievement award

10 December 2014 / 09:25

Sir Chris Hoy’s record-breaking achievements on two wheels have been recognised after he was handed the lifetime achievement at the BBC Sports Personality show.

During an illustrious career Hoy won six golds and one silver medal in Team GB colours across four Olympic Games – signing off in style with two titles at London 2012.

The following year the 38-year-old announced his retirement from competition having also collected 11 world and two Commonwealth titles.

And Hoy admitted picking up the award in Glasgow, which hosts the show - now in its 61st year - for the first time, makes the recognition all the more special.

“It’s a huge honour,” he said. “I never thought I’d see my name alongside the likes of Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham and others who’ve received this incredible honour, and it makes it even more special to be receiving the award in Scotland. Thank you so much everyone.

"I feel like the luckiest guy guy around, I can't believe I have been able to do what I love for so many years. Cycing has given so much to me, and I have seen it transform form a minority sport to what it is now."

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins also paid tribute to fellow cyclist Hoy.

"He is the marker for everybody else because he was, in some ways, the model athlete off the bike as well as on it," said Wiggins, the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year after winning the Tour de France.

"I think he's right up there, not only for British athletes but in terms of world athletes. I put Chris up there with the Usain Bolts of this world."

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