29/12/2014 11:11 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Chris Hoy Shares Touching Picture Of His Premature Son's Progress

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Sir Chris Hoy has shared a touching picture showing his baby son's progress since he was born 11 weeks premature.

The cycling champion, who has won six Olympic golds, tweeted two pictures side by side, one showing his son, Callum David Robert Hoy, when he was born on October 15, and another showing Callum sleeping peacefully on his due date, December 27.

"Today was Callum's due date, but he arrived 11 weeks early," wrote Sir Chris. "Amazing how far he's come since then, we're so thankful."

Chris's wife of four years, Sarra Hoy retweeted the message, adding: "Our miracle".

Chris, who was the GB flag carrier in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, and his wife Sarra, 33, took Callum home from hospital on December 5, three weeks after he was born.

Speaking to Parentdish before Callum was born, Chris said that he was glad that he had been able to retire from competition before starting a family.

"We both wanted children, but I was aware about it being the right time," he said. "I don't know how athletes do it when they are still competing - both things take all your energy and time.

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