London, Phelps, Bolt star at Olympics

London, Phelps, Bolt star at Olympics

London and the home-standing British athletes stood out at the 2012 Olympics but the spotlight was grabbed by Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International

PR exec caught up in Savile sex scandal

LONDON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- One of the best-known public relations executives in Britain was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual offenses decades ago.
Murray misses Scottish victory parade

Murray misses Scottish victory parade

GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Andy Murray, who won an Olympic gold medal for Scotland, apologized for being absent from the country's Friday parade to honor Olympians.

Tuesday's Olympic Highlights

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Tuesday's highlights from the Olympics:

Olympic Roundup: Records set by home team

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The home-field advantage manifested itself in a big way at the Olympics Tuesday, playing a part in records set both individually and collectively.
Chris Hoy wins British best sixth Olympic gold

Chris Hoy wins British best sixth Olympic gold

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Chris Hoy became the winningest Olympic athlete in British history Tuesday with a victory in the Keirin cycling race.

Olympic Medal: M Keirin Cycling

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Chris Hoy of Britain won the Olympic gold medal Tuesday in men's Keirin cycling.
Britain wins fifth cycling gold

Britain wins fifth cycling gold

LONDON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Jason Kenny of Britain won his third Olympic gold medal Monday, defeating three-time world champion Gregory Bauge of France in sprint cycling.
Prince William shy on 'Kiss Cam' encounter

Prince William shy on 'Kiss Cam' encounter

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince William apparently does not like public displays of affection caught electronically on big screens at big sports stadiums.

Thursday's Olympic Highlights

LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Highlights from Thursday's action at the Olympics:

Hoy wins fifth cycling gold

LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Chris Hoy won his fifth Olympic gold medal in front of his home fans Thursday, helping Britain win the cycling team sprint.

Olympic Medal: M Cycling Team Sprint

LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Britain won the Olympic gold medal Thursday in men's sprint cycling.
James Bond escorts queen to Olympic Stadium

James Bond escorts queen to Olympic Stadium

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle's "Isles of Wonder" wowed a global TV audience of 1 billion during Friday's opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London.
Cyclist Hoy to carry Great Britain flag

Cyclist Hoy to carry Great Britain flag

LONDON, July 23 (UPI) -- Chris Hoy, four-time Olympic gold medalist in cycling, has been selected as Great Britain's flag bearer in Friday's Opening Ceremonies for the Summer Olympics.

U.K. teen weightlifter honored

LONDON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The British Olympic Association named a 14-year-old girl its Athlete of the Year in weightlifting.
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Chris Hoy
Britain's Chris Hoy (L) cycles behind France's Mickael Bourgain during the Men's Sprint Semifinals at the Laoshan velodrome in Beijing August 19, 2008. Hoy won 2-0. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)

Sir Christopher Andrew "Chris" Hoy MBE (born 23 March 1976 in Edinburgh) is a track cyclist representing Great Britain and Scotland. He is a multiple world champion and Olympic Games gold medal winner. With his three gold medals in Beijing 2008, Hoy became Scotland's most successful Olympian, the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic games since Henry Taylor, in 1908, and the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time.

Hoy went to school at George Watson's College, an independent school in Edinburgh. He continued his studies at the University of St Andrews in 1996, before transferring to Moray House at the University of Edinburgh from where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Sports Science in 1999. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in July 2005 and another from Heriot-Watt University in November 2005.

Hoy was inspired to cycle at age six by the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Before track cycling, Hoy raced BMX between the ages of 7 and 14 and was ranked second in Britain, fifth in Europe and ninth in the world. He received sponsorship from Slazenger and Kwik-Fit and was competing in Europe and the US. Hoy also rowed for the Scottish junior team, coming second in the 1993 British championship with Grant Florence in the coxless pairs. He played rugby as part of his school's team.

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