He might just be one Olympic Gold medal away from Sir Steve Redgrave’s record of being the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic Games, but according to Carol, the mother of Sir Chris Hoy, he used to ride a girl’s bike in his youth. The 36 year old Scotsman already has four Olympic Gold medals in his trophy cabinet as also a Silver medal that he secured almost 12 years ago in the Sydney Olympic Games of 2000, but with three events in the upcoming London Olympic Games that are considered to be his forte, Hoy could as well add three more medals to his tally, thus, becoming the most successful athlete for Great Britain in the Olympic Games.
Carol spoke of how she managed to convince her son to first pursue his studies in the University before he took a plunge to cycling, she admitted that it was beyond her expectation that Sir Chris Hoy would indeed take up cycling as his career option and would still have the same passion for it almost three decades after he began his love affair with the two wheels.
According to Carol, the family brought up Chris in his youth to do well in his studies in school; it was considered to be an absolute necessity in the family. She also stated that when her son came up to her and said that he wanted to continue with cycling after joining a University, she was okay with it, but in her mind, she was confused as her son had a good degree but still wanted to ride a bike on tracks.
But Carol is immensely proud of the achievements of Sir Chris Hoy and admits that she has no hard feelings now that he did not make use of the degree.