Was inspired to cycle at age six by the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Raced BMX bikes at a young age and was ranked second in Britain, fifth in Europe and ninth in the world.
Began concentrating on track cycling upon joining the City of Edinburgh Racing Club in 1994.
Was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to cycling in the 2005 New Year Honours.
In the 2008 New Years Honours, received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace for his services to sport.
Won three gold medals in Beijing 2008, making him Scotland's most successful Olympian, and the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic games since 1908, making him the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time.
Sarra Kemp — Wife
Carol Hoy — Mother
George Watson's College, Edinburgh, Scotland; University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland; Moray House, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland (BSc (Hons) in Applied Sports Science, 1999)