Olympics hero Chris Hoy was inspired to become cyclist after watching film E.T.

Sir Chris Hoy revealed his decision to become a cyclist was inspired by popular kids’ film E.T and the bike scene within the movie.

Talking on the podcast, Driven, Hoy, 44, says the moment when the friendly alien flies through the sky on a BMX was the spark which set him on the path to glory.

''I was inspired – I'd never seen a BMX bike before.

''I watched E.T and saw that chase scene at the end of the film where they are getting chased by the police and going over jumps and carving through turns and I'd never seen a bike used that way before.

''That was the moment I thought 'wow', I want a BMX bike.

''It wasn't I thought 'I want to become an Olympic champion' at that moment but that was the first spark, the point of inspiration that got me interested in bikes that set me on that path towards Olympic gold.''

Hoy was involved in cycling from 1984 until his retirement in 2013 and won six Olympic gold medals as well as one silver medal, having participated in three Olympic Games between 2004 and 2012.

In addition to that, he won four medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006 – two gold and two bronze whilst also adding 18 Track World Championship medals, nine of which were gold.

In the Beijing Games of 2008, Hoy became the first British Olympian for 100 years to claim three gold medals in one edition of the Olympics.

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Four years later at the London Games in 2012, Hoy led Team GB out as the team's flag carrier at the opening ceremony and set a new world record in the velodrome and becoming Team GB's joint gold record holder with Sir Steve Redgrave's tally of five gold medals.

In 2013, Hoy announced his retirement from sport, later having a short career in motorsport.

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