Sir Chris Hoy diagnosed with cancer as Team GB Olympic hero speaks out

Sir Chris Hoy has been diagnosed with cancer, with the six-time Olympic champion and track cycling legend speaking out on social media about his diagnosis for the first time. The 47-year-old has accumulated the second-most gold medals of any Team GB athlete in Olympic history.

Born in Edinburgh, Sir Chris’ first taste of Olympic success came in Athens, where he won the 1km time trial in 2004. The track cycling superstar followed that up with three golds in Beijing and two more in London, with only fellow cyclist Jason Kenny amassing more by the end of his career.

Releasing a statement via Instagram, Sir Chris admitted that he was diagnosed with cancer last year and had hoped to keep the matter private, but his ‘hand was forced’ into addressing it publicly.

“I have a bit of news,” he wrote. “Last year I was diagnosed with cancer, which came as a huge shock, having had no symptoms up to that point.

“I’m currently receiving treatment including chemotherapy, which thankfully is going really well. I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the medical professionals for their amazing help and care.

“For the sake of my young family, I had hoped to keep this information private but regrettably our hand has been forced. Whilst I’m thankful for any support, I’d like to deal with this privately.

“My heart goes out to the many others who are also going through similar challenges right now. I’m optimistic, positive and surrounded by love for which I’m truly grateful. As you might imagine, the last few months have been incredibly difficult. However, I currently feel fine – I am continuing to work, ride my bike and live my life as normal.

“It’s an exciting year of work ahead, not least with the Paris Olympics in July. I can’t wait to get stuck in, have fun and share it with you all.”

Sir Chris, who was knighted after his Beijing exploits in 2008, moved into motorsport after retiring from cycling, becoming the first Summer Olympic medallist to race at the famous Le Mans 24 Hours in 2016.

The Scotsman’s other post-retirement exploits include becoming an ambassador for UNICEF UK and publishing a number of children’s books. Sir Chris and his wife, Sarra Kemp, have a son and a daughter.