Olympian Hoy tabbed for British knighthood

Dec. 21, 2008 at 12:41 PM

LONDON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Olympic track cyclist Chris Hoy has been recommended by a sports advisory committee in Britain to be knighted for his sports successes, sources say.

Unidentified sources said the proposed knighthood for the 32-year-old athlete, who has won four cycling gold medals during two Olympic Games, was rare as it comes during the height of his athletic career, The Sunday Times of London reported.

Athletes typically knighted in Britain receive the honor after they retire. But Hoy has ambitions to win additional medals for Britain and his native Scotland in the 2012 Games.

Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who earned two gold medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing, has been recommended for an Order of the British Empire for her accomplishments, the sources said.

The sources told The Times that due to her young age and expected long athletic career, the 19-year-old British athlete will not be given the rank of dame, the female honorary equivalent to knighthood.

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