Ilya Ilin, from Kazakhstan, recently broke two world records and won the gold medal in weightlifting at the 2012 Olympics in London. After falling in love with the city during the summer Games, he has decided to return and learn English with the Kaplan English course in London.
After achieving his Olympic goals last year, Ilya decided that his next challenge would be to learn to speak English. Being the only Olympic weightlifter to retain their champion title from the Beijing Games of 2008, he hopes to return to London to achieve English success.
He knows that it will be a challenging task but he is very enthusiastic about getting started. The Kazakhstani national hero will start with a general English course that will last 10 weeks and will focus on the main four areas of language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Ilya said, “When you travel so much in the world, English is something you must know. It can open new doors for friendships and professional connections. I’m very happy to come back to London and get the chance to improve my English.”
Ilya was recognized as one of the best Asian athletes in the world by the Olympic Council of Asia mainly due to his achievements at the London Olympic Games.
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