Sir Chris Hoy will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year live on BBC One and BBC One HD.
Sports Personality of the Year 2014 takes place on Sunday 14 December at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. This is the first time the star-studded event has been in Scotland, so it is fitting that the Scottish cyclist will be handed this prestigious award.
Sir Chris Hoy, who announced his retirement from competitive cycling in 2013, is Great Britain’s most successful Olympian, with six gold medals and one silver, and is also an 11-time world champion.
Sir Chris says: “It’s a huge honour to be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. I never thought I’d see my name alongside the likes of Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham, Seve Ballesteros and others who’ve received this incredible honour and it makes it even more special to be receiving the award in Scotland.”
After winning a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Sir Chris picked up his first Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004. Four years later in Beijing, he became the first British Olympian for 100 years to claim three golds at one Games.
Following his historic hat-trick of medals, Sir Chris was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year and was given a knighthood in the New Year Honours list, capping an extraordinary 12 months for the track cyclist from Edinburgh.
In 2012 at his home Olympic Games in London, Chris won his fifth and sixth gold medals confirming him as the most successful athlete in British Olympic history. His incredible career saw him represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, winning two gold and two bronze medals.
Now in retirement from cycling, he has turned his attention to motor racing.
Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, says: “As a former BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner, Sir Chris Hoy has been a tremendous ambassador for sport and, although he has retired from cycling, continues to be an inspiration to young athletes. It’s fantastic that he is, not only being recognised for his exceptional achievements, but also that it is being awarded to him in his home country, Scotland.”
For further information about BBC Sports Personality of the Year, go to www.bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality