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Sporty students: combining studies and high performance sport


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Sporty students: combining studies and high performance sport

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What does it take to become an Olympic champion? Physical skills are obviously essential, but for many athletes education is just as vital to succeed. This week in Learning World, we met some of the people who have been working hard in preparation for the London Olympics.

France: a ‘dual’ challenge

Ysaora Thibus dreams of winning an Olympic medal. At 20, she is part of the French women’s fencing team and has qualified to take part in the London 2012 games. However, she also aims to excel in economics. To achieve both her dreams she is studying at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance as well at the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris.

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Afghanistan: boxing clever

Afghanistan is allowing women to compete in the Olympics and in Kabul, we met one of the athletes in training. Shogufa is part of the national female boxing team but education is still her number one priority – her best chance to a better life.

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Cuba: Smart sports

At the Martyrs of Barbados sports school in Cuba, school work and elite sports go hand in hand. That is why all those who dream of qualifying for the Olympics have to ensure they keep up with their school work. Why? To present a good image of their country.

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