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Sir Chris Hoy receives hero’s welcome in Edinburgh

Olympics: Cycling-Men's Keirin

Aug 7, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Sir Chris Hoy salutes the crowd as he is awarded the gold medal at the men’s keirin victory ceremony during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Velodrome. Hoy won the gold medal in the men’s keirin, the last race of his Olympic career, and in the process became the greatest Olympian in British history with six gold medals and a silver medal over four different Olympics, surpassing the previous British record holder, rower Sir Steve Redgrave. Mandatory Credit: Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY

British track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy seems to be having a pretty good 2012.

He was named his country’s flagbearer at his hometown Games, won gold in team sprint and keirin, joined fellow cyclist Bradley Wiggins as Britain’s most decorated Olympian of all-time with seven career medals, and on Sunday was awarded the Freedom of Edinburgh.

“I’m immensely proud, but this award is for all the people who have helped me through the years,” Hoy told Sky News. “It’s been an amazing journey. It’s quite hard to take it all in, it’s an emotional day and one that I will never forget.”

Lord Provost Donald Wilson presented Hoy with the award following a parade for the six-time gold medalist through the streets of Edinburgh. It was Hoy’s third such parade of the week, but he said that seeing the support of those from home town made this one special.

“It’s very emotional to see just what it means to the public... it’s just amazing,” Hoy added. “You can’t really put it into words what it means but it’s our chance to thank everybody for their support.”

The hono(u)r - which has been granted to a select few including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Sean Connery, and Nelson Madelav - is given to someone who distinguishes him or herself through their work and efforts and is held in high esteem by the people of a city.