POSTED: April 18th 2013

Sir Chris Hoy to join Glasgow 2018 as Bid Champion after retirement

Sir Chris Hoy is a six-time Olympic gold medallist in track cycling / BOA
Sir Chris Hoy is a six-time Olympic gold medallist in track cycling / BOA

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) – Sir Chris Hoy spoke of his complete support for Glasgow’s 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid today during his retirement speech.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist in track cycling was in Edinburgh to announce his retirement, saying it was “time for younger riders to experience what it is like to compete in front of a home crowd.” Hoy will concentrate on his role of ambassador for the Bid as Glasgow 2018 Bid Champion.

Katherine Grainger CBE, Olympic gold medallist in rowing, Michael Jamieson, silver medal-winning swimmer, and Jade Jones, taekwondo gold medallist, are the other Glasgow 2018 Bid Champions.

“Throughout his remarkable career, Sir Chris Hoy has exemplified the values that define an Olympic champion,” British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Coe said. “His pursuit of excellence has been tireless. His respect for opponents, and commitment to clean competition, has been unwavering. And his dignity in victory has set an example that generations of Team GB athletes will strive to emulate. Chris is an icon and he has earned a revered place among our nation’s greatest sporting heroes.

“His gold medal triumphs this past summer in London are two of the defining moments of the Games, and were a source of pride and inspiration for millions throughout our country.

“We are grateful that Chris has been chosen to continue his association with the British Olympic Association by serving as a Glasgow 2018 Champion in its bid to host the Youth Olympic Games. As he transitions now from his unparalleled competitive career and takes on a series of new and different challenges, we wish Sir Chris the very best for continued success, and we thank him for his commitment to Team GB and the Olympic Movement.”

“As Britain’s greatest ever Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy has inspired people across the country to be champions in their lives and his legacy will live on through his commitment to the Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Games,” Glasgow 2018 Bid Director Paul Bush said. “We want to continue the UK’s Olympic journey and inspire the next generation of sports stars to go for gold.

“Our Bid will empower and inspire young people and having the support of our greatest every Olympian Sir Chris Hoy will ensure we reach out and inspire young people across the world. Time and time again Sir Chris Hot has proved an inspirational figure when competing at the very highest level, not least at London 2012, showing just what can be achieved through sport. That inspiration is exactly what the world can expect from Glasgow in 2018.”

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