Local athlete reaches the Olympics

KERNERSVILLE, N.C.–Former Wake Forest Track and Field All-American Brent LaRue’s career features more than a few twists and turns.

An elbow injury his senior year at Wake Forest brought him back to the 400 meter hurdles.

After college, Brent still wanted to compete, but he also wanted to get married to his college sweetheart, Ana, who had returned to her native Slovenia in Europe. You could say his personal life had a few twists and turns, too.

They got married in 2010 and Brent started the process of dual citizenship, so he could compete for Slovenia. It was completed in time for the 2012 London Olympics.

Brent’s mom, who was also his high school coach at East Forsyth, made the trip to London for the Olympics

Ana, who was a tennis player at Wake Forest, understands the sacrifices it takes to be a world-class athlete and was proud that Brent ran his two personal best races at Olympics to reach the semi-finals in the 400 hurdles.

His Olympic success led to a commercial for a popular shoe company in China.

He continues to train for the next Olympics in Rio and has recently started a charity called Soles for Souls which provides shoes to people in need.

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