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It is very unlikely that the same team name with the same team members will also appear on any outdoor leaderboard any time soon. However, it was actually not a big surprise that Weembi Lille finished in the medal and cash positions at both events.
It is not only the high-profile level of the team members that brought the success. Weembi Lille is also the name of a new 17-foot wind tunnel in France, and three of the team members are working there as coaches: Julien Degen, Christine Malnis and Thomas Perrin, who are all members of the French national teams.
Only Julien Degen came back for the Weembi Lille lineup at the Clash of Champions, where the French FLY-IN Girls competed with their own complete team and Thomas Perrin had his Gavroche lineup together. However, Julien Degen recruited three new Weembi members who defended the 3rd place of Bedford successfully, only with an even significantly higher meet average.
The Weembi lineup now consisted of four 4-way world champions, three from 2010 (Julien Degen, Mathieu and Guillaume Bernier) and one from 2014 (Roy Janssen).
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Roy Janssen said that this lineup came together because the 4-way world champions simply love to compete: "Secondly, it gives us all a good chance of flying again on a high level with experienced flyers. It's great to be competing with each other, and not against each other. We always had a lot of respect for each other during our 13-year battles, and now we join forces as friends."
He remembered that it was still work to get ready for the Dubai competition: "The first hour of training felt pretty rusty for all of us. It made us realize how much we were in sync with our previous teams. Things that are considered normal, like picking up grips blindly for example, need suddenly to get attention. Timing, speed and strength vary from team to team, and we are no exception. A new slot for me, a new piece partner, and some differences in technique need time to adjust."
Roy Janssen did not expect the new Weembi lineup to seriously threaten NMP PCH Hayabusa or Arizona Airspeed.
"No matter how good the individual flyers are, you still need time to train. With three hours in total, it's already good if you can stay close to them. But don't get me wrong, we are not there just for fun! One of the things that I noticed is that the competitor spirit is absolutely there, and it's great to feel the thrill of competition again."
Roy Janssen personally enjoyed the Weembi project: "After one year of being off the team, I really enjoy flying and 4-way again. I feel like re-born, and there are plans to continue in some way or another. However, it will stay on a low-level training base. But who knows what the future brings. For now, we will do our very best to perform well and enjoy the ride."
He added that it was still a strange feeling to compete against his old team mates. Weembi Lille eventually finished ten points behind Arizona Airspeed and 18 points behind his former team, NMP PCH Hayabusa.