Hoy Ve!

Via Jay Nordlinger in NRO:

LESS than 24 hours after he became one of the most successful British Olympians of all time, Chris Hoy was sipping champagne and dealing with sponsors’ requests. He was also doing another round of interviews. Told that everyone else had expressed an opinion on his achievement of three gold medals in a single Games, one journalist then asked “what Chris Hoy thinks of Chris Hoy?”

No hesitation. “I think when Chris Hoy refers to Chris Hoy in the third person, that’s when Chris Hoy disappears up his own arse,” he said visibly cringing. “I hope that never happens.”

Wait, didn’t that just happen?

UPDATE, in light of the comments: I probably could have left off my observation on the irony of the response, as it seems to indicate I don’t like the quote as much as I do. I’d rather write that in an off-the-cuff statement he very deftly undercuts the “objective” posture/fallacy of journalism by refusing to take it seriously. And that behind that objective fallacy, there’s a fair amount of academic bullshit that few people have the energy to challenge. Leave it to an athlete!

Of course it’s less complicated than that, but what great fun.


  1. Lets give him one for making the point.

  2. it’s IRONICAL, of course. And I sort of loved him for it!

Speak Your Mind