KyivPost

Chris Hoy to be Britain's flag bearer at Olympics

Print version
July 23, 2012, 2:24 p.m. | Sports — by Associated Press

In this Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 file photo, gold medalist Britain's Chris Hoy, right, races silver medalist Germany's Maximilian Levy in their men's sprint race final during the World Cup track cycling meeting at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome at the Olympic Park in London. Hoy won't defend his individual sprint title at the London Olympics after the British cycling team selected Jason Kenny for the event instead.
© AP

Associated Press

Associated Press

LONDON — Four-time gold medalist Chris Hoy will mark his fourth Olympics by being Britain's flag bearer at the opening ceremony for the London Games.

The cyclist, who won the vote of the 542-strong British team, also carried the Union Jack in the closing ceremony in Beijing four years ago.

"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," Hoy said in a statement.

The honor comes after the 36-year-old Hoy was informed by British Cycling that he wouldn't be able defend all three of his track titles from 2008 at the London Olympics.

While he has a chance to again win gold medals in the keirin and team sprint, he will not be able to defend his individual sprint title. 

The Kyiv Post is disabling its online comment section due to an increase in trolls, violent comments and other personal attacks. Other news organizations worldwide have taken similar steps for the same reasons. The Kyiv Post regrets having to take this action. The newspaper believes in a robust public debate, but the discussion must be constructive and intelligent. For the time being, the Kyiv Post will allow comments on its moderated Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/kyivpost/. The newspaper will consider hosting online comments again when circumstances allow. Thank you from the Kyiv Post.

KyivPost

© 1995–2015 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.