Great Britain's most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, has lent his full support to West Ham United's move to Stratford, insisting that a busy Olympic Stadium is imperative.

Exactly a year on from his team sprint gold at London 2012, a now retired Hoy is about as vocal a supporter of Olympic legacy as there is and in no doubt of the value of West Ham's future occupancy of the iconic Stadium.

The six-time Olympic champion was thrilled to see the place a hive of activity in recent days, safe in the knowledge that come 2016/17 the Hammers will bring plenty of colour and life to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Speaking of the Hammers' switch to Stratford, Hoy exclusively told West Ham TV: "It's just great to see the facilities being used. If you look back to previous Games, like Barcelona and Athens, there are a lot of venues that are now sitting locked up. It's really important that they are all being used on a regular basis, so it's great for the sport."

The Edinburgh-born cyclist might be a Hearts fan, but that is not about to stop him returning to the Olympic Stadium when the Hammers are in town.

"I'll take any excuse to come down here," he joked. "I don't take much persuading. What a great venue. To be in here to see Usain Bolt run and to see David Rudisha break the 800m World Record, it's fantastic."

While Hoy's athletic exploits last summer were confined to the velodrome, his memories are anything but. As Great Britain's flag bearer for the opening ceremony, Hoy knows better than most how special the atmosphere was.

"It was a bit of a blur really. I literally couldn't see anything! There were bright lights shining on you and confetti cannons going off. It was just a blur of excitement and all over in the blink of an eye. It was a great experience and a huge honour to lead the team out.

"[Being in the Olympic Stadium] is bringing back all the memories of all those fantastic times from last year. I can't believe it's been a year since the Games, but it's great to see so many people enjoying this."

Though the Anniversary Games and celebrations are now at a close, Hoy is full of optimism for the future, adamant that, with the Hammers on board, the Olympic legacy is in rude health.

"This is a starting point, it's not the end. Everyone feels a little bit sad at the end of the Games themselves, but we've got to look forward now and realise we've got this whole generation of young people who have been swept up by this enthusiasm in sport.

"And it's not just the Olympic sports, you look at the Lions tour and you've got the Ashes. In all sports we seem to be dominating at the moment, except maybe football, but maybe that will come too!

"It's great because kids think why can't I be a champion? Instead of in the past where you're used to being the plucky loser, now we have this winning belief and that will be a big part of the legacy for the future."

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