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London 2012: Sir Chris Hoy to carry flag for Team GB

London 2012: Sir Chris Hoy to carry flag for Team GB

Sir Chris Hoy has been chosen to carry the flag for Great Britain at the opening ceremony of the London Games on Friday.

The four-time Olympic gold medal winner polled the most number of votes among the 542 members of the British team.

The 36-year-old cyclist also carried the Union Flag at the 2008 closing ceremony in Beijing.

"I'm absolutely delighted and honoured to have been voted as the flag bearer for Team GB," said Sir Chris.
Last five Team GB flagbearers

   2008 Beijing: Swimmer Mark Foster
   2004 Athens: Judoka Kate Howey
   2000 Sydney: Rower Matthew Pinsent
   1996 Atlanta: Rower Sir Steve Redgrave
   1992 Barcelona: Rower Sir Steve Redgrave

"To lead out your team at a home Olympics is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that that I can't wait to experience in just a few days time."

Other GB Olympians who also received support included archer Alison Williamson, who will be competing at her sixth Games.

Hoy, who will compete in the team sprint and keirin at London 2012, is the first cyclist to have the honour of carrying the British flag at an opening ceremony.

The Scot will lead out Team GB when they become the last of the 204 competing nations to enter the arena.

It has been a remarkable few days for British cycling following the success of Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France.

Brian Cookson, president of British Cycling, told BBC Sport: "Just when you think it can't get any better it does. It is the cherry on the cake for British Cycling after Bradley Wiggins's success on Sunday.

"Sir Chris is a brilliant athlete and a fantastic ambassador for the sport of cycling. Hoy is reaching his potential just at the right time in the sport and deserves this pivotal role at London 2012."

Hoy's Olympic achievements

   2004 Athens: Gold - 1km time trial
   2008 Beijing: Gold - team sprint (with Jason Kenny and Jamie Staff)
   2008 Beijing: Gold - keirin
   2008 Beijing: Gold - sprint
   2000 Sydney: Silver - team sprint (with Craig MacLean and Jason Queally)

Hoy, who is Scotland's most successful Olympian, was named BBC Sports Personality of the year in 2008.

He won a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, a gold at Athens in 2004 and another three golds in Beijing four years ago.

Team GB's Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said: "Team GB could not have placed the flag in better hands.

"It is a great honour for Sir Chris and the team will be proud to march behind him. He is a fantastic ambassador for his sport and his country."

Hoy is not due to compete until the second week of the Games, when he will try to surpass rower Sir Steve Redgrave's British record of five gold medals.

The British Olympic Association asked each sport represented in Team GB to nominate one candidate. The team leaders of each sport then voted on the shortlist.
Valencia

Great choice!
brainbox

I agree Valencia, much deserved recognition of his achievements ,and hopefully more success to follow.
Alice

Has a woman ever been chosen, if so perhaps next time one could be!
brainbox

Alice wrote:
Has a woman ever been chosen, if so perhaps next time one could be!


Alice , lets not spoil things here . lol.
Alice

brainbox wrote:
Alice wrote:
Has a woman ever been chosen, if so perhaps next time one could be!


Alice , lets not spoil things here . lol.


Laughing  Laughing

B.B. I'm sure you would like to see a shapely young lady carrying the flag.

But of course perhaps it would be too heavy for a mere woman!   Laughing  Laughing
brainbox

Alice you are not wrong with your first sentence .  Very Happy . and in your second sentence you make your point well, apologies from a typical man. Embarassed   Very Happy
MOJO

After watching the womens beach handball match, between G.B. and Canada, which we won,I'd say they were certainly fit enough! Smile
MOJO

Listening to Jeremy Vine on the radio, the predicted traffic chaos in London,has failed to materialize! Callers to the show said it was like a Sunday....every day,and retailers and hoteliers,are wondering where the expected influx of fans,and tourists,etc,are??

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