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Will to win undiminished for Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy with his three Beijing Olympic golds
Hoy will miss the World Championships while he recovers from injury

Sir Chris Hoy has told BBC Scotland that the crash in which he damaged his hip will not affect his mindset and that he still has the desire to win.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist hurt his hip in a crash during a keirin event in Denmark in February and will miss this month's World Championships.

"Sometimes you do get shaken by that kind of accident," said Hoy.

"But it hasn't deterred me in terms of my desire to keep going. I don't feel it has shaken me psychologically."

The World Cup race in Copenhagen had been Hoy's first competitive race since he made history by winning triple gold at the Beijing Olympics.

He, Jason Kenny and Jamie Staff had already won gold for Great Britain in the team sprint when Hoy set our for another victory in the keirin.

However, Hoy and rider Kevin Sireau collided and his chance to add to his medal haul was gone.

In his first broadcast interview since the accident, Hoy described the incident to BBC Radio Scotland's Sports Weekly programme.

"There was a slight clash of elbows and it just lifted my front wheel off the ground and it turned and I had no way of controlling it.

"I went down and landed on my hip, and then two guys hit me. My team-mate Ross (Edgar) ran into me and then a Ukrainian guy rode into my head.

"The nasty bit was the first impact. It was a shock at the time. It happened so fast, you've got no way of controlling it."

The 32-year-old Scot added: "The keirin is an event where crashes happen fairly regularly, but I've been pretty lucky - the last crash I had was four years ago."

Doctors have advised Hoy to minimise his hip movements to allow his body to recover from the impact of the fall.

"The muscle has had such a hard hit that is has been separated from the tissue around it and it has created a void that fluid is draining into," explained Hoy.

Sir Chris Hoy is injured
Hoy is helped from the track after his dramatic fall in Copenhagen

"The aim of the healing process is to get this to re-attach and to stop this void from filling up. I've had nearly a litre of fluid drained over the space of the last two weeks.

"You have this wobbly bag stuck on the side of your hip and it feels kind of strange. I'm hoping that draining it and resting it will do the job."

After his heroics in Beijing, Hoy has not had time to relax completely, and, although disappointed to miss his first World Championships since 1996, he realises the need for patience while he is on the mend.

"I'm spending most of the time sitting around, doing as little as possible, trying to rest my hip," said Hoy.

"It's important to get it healed properly, then I can start the whole campaign for next season.

I still feel like I'm a novice in some respects in the new events that I'm doing, in the sprint and the keirin

Sir Chris Hoy

"The World Championships aren't until the following March so it's a full year I've got to prepare for them. Then later that year we've got the Commonwealth Games.

"I'm not too downbeat about it all. It is frustrating, but that's life. You can only worry about things you have some control over and there's no point in stressing about stuff you can't deal with."

Proof of Hoy's appetite for winning more medals in the remainder of his career is underlined by his admission that he feels he can get better in certain events.

He said: "I still feel like I'm a novice in some respects in the new events that I'm doing, in the sprint and the keirin, so there are skills development and tactical things that I'll work on over the summer.

"I still feel I've got room to improve.

"The next big target won't be until October with the start of the World Cup season, but there are plenty of Grand Prix and races round Europe, so I'll be kept busy.

"Once I'm racing again in June or July, I'll be right back into the thick of it."



see also
Hoy to miss World Championships
03 Mar 09 |  Cycling
Crash ends keirin hopes for Hoy
14 Feb 09 |  Cycling
Hoy's crash in photos
15 Feb 09 |  Cycling
Hoy leads GB to team sprint win
13 Feb 09 |  Cycling
Hoy resolute after strong return
08 Dec 08 |  Cycling
Hoy already planning for 2012
31 Dec 08 |  Scotland
Hoy knighted in New Year honours
31 Dec 08 |  Sport Homepage
Hoy clinches historic third gold
19 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Chris Hoy's track bike guide
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