Sir Chris Hoy backs Paralympic hero Jody Cundy for London 2012 glory
SIR Chris Hoy has insisted Paralympic hero Jody Cundy is well placed to be cycling’s golden boy at London 2012.
On paper Cundy’s CV rivals that of four-time Olympic champion Hoy. The Wisbech-born rider won three Paralympic swimming crowns before winning two cycling golds at Beijing 2008.
Hoy believes Cundy, a seven-time world champion on the track, will continue to shine at the London Velodrome next summer.
Hoy said: “I think Jody will have no problem dealing with the pressure and expectation of London 2012 because he is a real professional athlete.
“He just trains day in day out with no fuss and just gets on with it. He is one of those guys that it is a real pleasure to have around the team because he fits in really well and works hard.
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“He has got a lot of respect in the team and he certainly doesn’t need any advice. I suppose the important thing for him now between now and the Games is to make sure that he is not distracted at all.”
Cundy not only left China with two medals around his neck but also a new world record in the kilo of one minute 5.466 seconds.
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And Hoy believes lightning can strike twice for the inspirational Paralympian.
Hoy said: “Cycling is a sport and it’s unpredictable, anything can happen and nothing is definite or assured.
“But if you were going to put some money on any Paralympic athlete to perform for you it would be Jody Cundy.”
• SIR Chris Hoy was speaking as an ambassador at an Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week event. The scheme uses the power of London 2012 to inspire children to try Olympic and Paralympic sports. Your local school could carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay or win tickets to London 2012 at www.lloydstsb.com/nationalschoolsportweek