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Sir Chris Hoy wept as he accepted his sixth gold medal at London 2012 to become Britain’s most decorated Olympian – the pinnacle of his dazzling track cycling career thus far.

It was a rare display of emotion from the usually taciturn Scot whose entire professional ethos is based on control – but one that belied the years of dedication and perseverance leading to that tearful moment on the Velodrome podium.

Chris Hoy is a born athlete. In his teenage years he was a star rugby player at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, his home city. Aged 14 he competed for both Scotland and Great Britain in BMX, becoming Scottish champion and UK number two. There was mountain biking too – and to cap it all off he won a British Championship silver medal rowing for Scotland in the coxless pairs.

But in 1992 the future Olympic star turned his attention squarely to land rather than water and focused on track cycling, first with the Dunedin club, then The City of Edinburgh Racing Squad, at the time the UK’s most successful cycling team.

Four years later he became part of the British national squad. Teammates from those days recall that Hoy didn’t initially show much promise – but such was his drive that within two years he had surpassed them to be their number one team sprinter.

A world championship medal came in 1999 with silver in the team sprint – the first of 11 honours, including an electrifying last-second keirin win at the velodrome in Melbourne just prior to the 2012 Games.

There was a first taste of Olympic success Sydney in 2000 thanks to a Team Sprint silver with Craig MacLean and Jason Queally, but Hoy would have to wait until Athens in 2004 to claim his first champion’s medal at a Games, in the Kilo – a 1km time trial.

When the event was dropped at Beijing four years later Hoy – ever versatile – simply focused on the sprint, match sprint and keirin, taking gold in all three and helping set a new world record in the team sprint.

Hoy’s incredible performance in China – the result of 35-hour training weeks, endless gym work and a strict diet regime – raised his profile overnight and he was knighted that year to become Sir Chris Hoy.

Playing down his honour with customary modesty and humour, he said at the time: “To become a knight from riding your bike, it’s mad. But it is genuinely just an amazing honour, and it’s great for the sport.”

By the time London 2012 rolled around Sir Chris – who had by now added an applied science university degree to his list of achievements, as well as becoming a trained barista – was so revered that he was chosen to lead out Team GB at the Olympic stadium Opening Ceremony. And when he hit the velodrome he didn’t disappoint.

Hoy, 36, took gold in the team sprint – with two world records along the way – and closed his Olympic career with gold in the keirin, overtaking his rowing idol Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain’s greatest Olympian.

Hoy’s career, which will conclude in two years’ time at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, is a textbook example of what hard work can achieve.

Of the near 60 professional keirin races he has entered he has crashed just once, finished second four times and won all of the others.

As he told the London evening Standard: “Having a plan A isn’t enough. You need a plan B, C and even D, and it's all about learning those plans, mastering them and being able to execute them.”

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Chris Hoy on PyeongChang: The highs and lows... make the Olympics special

Six-time gold medal-winning armchair fan gives his say on Lizzy Yarnold, Elise Christie, and life after the Olympics.
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Cycling review - Hoy crowned greatest Brit Olympian

London 2012 - Team GB utterly dominated the Track Cycling at the Velodrome. Chris Hoy took his Olympic gold medal tally to six with two more to become the country's greatest ever Olympian, and there were double successes for Jason Kenny and Laura Trott. On the roads, Tour de France victor Bradley Wiggins took gold in the Road Cycling Time Trial while Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won gold on The Mall in a thrilling climax to the women's Road Race.
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Chris Hoy takes Keirin gold - full replay

London 2012 - Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain wept tears of joy when he collected a gold medal winning the Men's Track Cycling Keirin final. The win was his sixth gold, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave's previous best for a British Olympian. Watch the dramatic race in full.
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Chris Hoy takes Keirin gold - highlights

London 2012 - Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain wept tears of joy when he collected a gold medal winning the Men's Track Cycling Keirin final. The win was his sixth gold, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave's previous best for a British Olympian. Watch highlights of the race.
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Hoy and Team GB sprint team set cycling world record - highlights

London 2012 - Chris Hoy won his fifth Olympic gold after Great Britain's men's Team Sprint squad triumphed on a night of high drama at the Velodrome. Hoy and teammates Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny set a new world record time. Watch highlights of the race.
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Sir Chris Hoy celebrates team gold

London 2012 - Sir Chris Hoy takes a victory lap after anchoring the men’s team sprint trio. Great Britain wins gold over France and breaks the world record in the process. Sir Hoy earns his fifth Olympic gold.
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