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Olivia, Kevin and Jonathan Borlées' schools - Belgium

World Class 2012 in partnership with the British Council bring you the stories of the schools where the dreams begin.

Olivia Borlee
Olivia sprints for victory

Olivia, Kevin and Jonathan Borlée are Belgian sprinters.

Big sister, Olivia, was born in 1986 and younger twin brothers Kevin and Jonathan were born in 1988.

Olivia won Olympic silver in the 4x100m relay at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Kevin and Jonathan celebrate success in the 4x100m relay
Kevin and Jonathan are part of the Belgian 400m relay team

At the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, Kevin won gold in the 400m whilst Jonathan came in seventh. The twins also won bronze as part of the Belgian 4x400m relay team.

Kevin won silver in the 200m at the World Indoor Championships in 2010 and Jonathan is the current National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) champion over 400m.

The Borlée siblings went to school together in the Ardennes in southern Belgium.


Olivia, Kevin and Jonathan's schools

Athénée Royal de La Roche-en-Ardenne

Athenee La Roche
The Borlées were all sporty and were always keen to improve their technique. They did well in interschool competitions - even when the twins forgot their kit and ran in someone else's trainers
Madame Ledent, PE teacher

The school is proud of its friendly atmosphere and picturesque location in the hills and forests of the Ardennes.

Badminton, football and running are the most popular sports and the school also has a number of talented musicians.

All three Borlée siblings showed great athletic ability at school. Olivia is remembered as a model pupil and her younger brothers, although well mannered, occasionally kept each other company in school detention.

The school is not only know for turning out top class athletes, former pupils include European bricklaying champions, Herman Kevin and Broecks Brandon.

Find out how Athénée Royal de La Roche will be celebrating London 2012 and more about the school.


Athénée Royal Marche-Barvaux-Bomal

Olivia transferred to Athénée Royal Marche-Barvaux-Bomal in 2001, aged 15, to complete her secondary school studies.

We're trying to get in touch with the school and will bring you more information when it is available.


World Olympic Dreams

Olivia, Jonathan and Kevin are some of the athletes being tracked as London 2012 approaches and they strive to make their Olympic dreams a reality.

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see also
'Wrong' Borlée wins European Championship
11 Aug 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Kevin Borlée going for gold
26 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Olivia Borlée dreams of competing at London Olympics
26 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Jonathan Borlee must beat twin to win gold in 2012
26 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Tom Daley introduces World Class 2012
27 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams


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