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Lord Coe pays tribute to Sir Chris Hoy

ESPN staff
April 18, 2013
Sir Chris Hoy ends his career as the most successful British Olympian © PA Photos

Lord Coe has labelled Sir Chris Hoy as an "icon" after the Scot announced his retirement on Thursday.

Hoy called time on his cycling career during a press conference at Murrayfield Stadium, and retires as the greatest British Olympian having clinched six gold medals. The 37-year-old also triumphed 11 times at the World Championships.

And in light of the retirement, Coe paid tribute to the most successful athlete in his field.

"Throughout his remarkable career, Sir Chris Hoy has exemplified the values that define an Olympic champion," Coe, who won Olympic golds in 1980 and 1984, 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."

Coe revealed Hoy inspired the nation when he won two gold medals at London 2012.

"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," Coe said, who added Hoy is set to remain a vital part of British athletics.

"We are grateful that Chris has 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."

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