World Class 2012 in partnership with the British Council bring you the stories of the schools where the dreams begin.
Double Olympic gold medallist Julien Absalon is a cross-country mountain biker. He also has 17 Union Cycliste Nationale (UCI) World Cup wins to his name and is a four time World Champion.
Julien went to school in the Hautes-Vosges in north eastern France.
Groupe Scolaire Route d'Arches
Groupe Scolaire Route d'Arches are twinned with Mill View Primary School, Chester
Julien went to primary school in the rural town of Raon aux Bois.
We are in touch with the school and will bring you more information about Julien's time at the school shortly.
Lycée André Malraux
The school prides itself on its Olympic gold medallist who left the school a decade ago.
Lycée André Malraux is in a semi-rural area and many of the school's 1600 students travel from small towns around Remiremont.
The school prides itself on its students' woodwork skills and the fact that the majority of their students go on to university.
The hills and forests surrounding the school are perfect for mountain biking and Julien is remembered as a well mannered student who spent most of his free time on the local bike trails.
Find out more about Julien's school days
and more about the school.
World Olympic Dreams
Julien is one of the athletes being tracked as London 2012 approaches and they strive to make their Olympic dreams a reality.