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Olympic parade for Scottish stars

Chris Hoy shows off his medal haul from Beijing
Cycling star Chris Hoy is Scotland's greatest ever Olympian

Scotland's Olympic medal heroes, including triple gold winner Chris Hoy, are to take part in a triumphant homecoming parade on 27 August.

The Beijing stars will ride in an open top bus down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh after attending a reception at the city's castle.

Suffolk-born cyclist Ross Edgar won silver behind Hoy in the Keirin.

Aberdeen canoeist David Florence was runner-up in the slalom, while rower Katherine Grainger also won silver.

Glasgow's Grainger has now picked up a silver medal in three consecutive Olympic Games.

The welcome, organised by sportscotland and the Scottish Government, will begin with a press conference at Edinburgh Castle.

The celebratory bus ride will then begin at Castle Esplanade, travelling down the Royal Mile and finishing at Holyrood Palace.

Track cyclist Hoy, 32, was the first Briton for 100 years to win three golds at a single Olympics - and became Scotland's greatest Olympian yet in the process.

The Edinburgh athlete, dubbed 'The Flying Scotsman', added to his Keirin triumph with victories in the sprint, the team sprint in China.

He had also won a gold at the Athens Games in 2004 in the 1km sprint.



see also
Team GB's roll of honour
21 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Brown meets triple gold hero Hoy
22 Aug 08 |  UK Politics
Velodrome honour for golden Hoy
19 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Emotions erupt for champion Hoy
19 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Hoy clinches historic third gold
19 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Knighthood call for golden Hoy
17 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Awesome GB sprint team take gold
15 Aug 08 |  Cycling
GB's Florence claims canoe silver
12 Aug 08 |  Canoeing


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