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National Treasure: Sir Chris Hoy

On the eve of the Olympics who else could we celebrate but our flag-waving Team GB hero Chris Hoy?

Sir Chris Hoy is a man who has contributed more than most to the vast amount of medals Britain has won over the years and it’s no surprise that he is the first cyclist to have the honour of carrying the flag for Great Britain at the opening ceremony tomorrow, Friday 27th of July 2012.

The four-time gold medal winner and an 11-time world champion was quoted in the Telegraph, talking about the honour of leading Team GB into the Olympic stadium, “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to have been voted as the flag bearer for Team GB. To lead out your team at a home Olympics is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that I can’t wait to experience”.

Not just a muscle machine, Hoy graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Applied Sports Science. Showing he has brains as well as brawn!

If that wasn’t enough to make him the perfect athlete, Chris was the first British athlete to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Since then, he has been named the most successful male cyclist of all time, a true ‘proud to be British’ moment.

Image credit: Flickr; johnthescone

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