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Opening Ceremony: Chris Hoy, GB Cyclist, To Carry Britain's Flag

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Britain's Chris Hoy displays his gold medal after winning the Men's Kerin at the World Track Cycling Championships in the Ballerup Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)
Britain's Chris Hoy displays his gold medal after winning the Men's Kerin at the World Track Cycling Championships in the Ballerup Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

LONDON -- Four-time Olympic champion Chris Hoy will be Britain's flag bearer at the opening ceremony for the London Games.

The cyclist, who won the vote of the 542-strong British team, also carried the Union Jack in the closing ceremony in Beijing four years ago.

The honor comes after the 36-year-old Hoy was informed by British Cycling that he wouldn't be able defend all three of his track titles from 2008 at the London Olympics.

While he has a chance to again win gold medals in the keirin and team sprint, he will not be able to defend his individual sprint title.

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