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Did You Know...

... that the Qatar Tigers have always enjoyed high-profile coaching?

posted Jun 14th, 2016 - The Sun Path Products NSL News has introduced the potential bronze medal contenders at the Mondial 2016 with a series of previews that included the related poll question.

The expected ranking order has not changed at all since the poll question was published the first time. However, the five potential contenders (FLY-IN France, Black Cat, Evolution, Qatar Tigers, Satori XL) have moved significantly closer together in the meantime. The French lead has decreased to the current 8 % over Russia, after 2-digit numbers for a long time. Satori XL and Evolution have both moved closer to the higher rankings.

The Qatar Tigers have steadily held their underdog position, and the introduction of the team on May 25th did not have a serious impact on the poll numbers, even though the Tigers were on eye level with the two bronze medal top contenders from France and Russia at the World Challenge 2016.

The Sun Path Products NSL News now took a closer look at the coaching situation of the five potential bronze medal contenders, which is very different. Black Cat and Satori XL have a wealth of 4-way experiences within their lineups and trust mostly their own planning.

Evolution have worked with coach Shannon Pilcher for several years and have reduced their cooperation to a significantly lower level after the World Meet Prostejov 2014.

The French and the Qatar teams have never been without coaching. Even the French 4-way world champions of the past always had a team coach, who worked together with the national coach and the French skydiving federation. Marin Ferre is currently coaching the French national team in 4-way Open, while Mathieu Bernier has the position of the national coach and works with the French Girls.

USPA Nationals 2011
Rank4-way AdvancedM,5,1321,14,2212,20,D11,Q,16O,C,10,KP,L,19,818,6,215,9,G7,F,17A,B,N,J,3TotalAvg
1Qatar TigersQA1313121414131215181614014.0
2Perris Air RushUS1311121214151214161713613.6
3Spaceland LiteUS1412111114121314161413113.1
4Start 4US1311101212131315151613013.0
4Qatar FalconsQA128111314141115161613013.0
Coach Luc Verstrepen with Qatar Tigers at the Mondial 2012
The coaching is where France and the Qatar Tigers are recently connecting. Jeremie Rollett is a French 8-way and 4-way world champion, who became the French national coach when Jerome David stepped back after the French FS Sweep in Menzelinsk 2010.

Jeremie Rollett took over the work with the Qatar Tigers when coach Luc Verstrepen was done at the end of the 2015 season. Mathieu Bernier became the successor for Jeremie Rollet in France.

The Qatar Tigers have been working with high-profile coaches since they began with 4-way training and competition. Solly Williams covered the first year in 2011, and former HayaBusa member Luc Verstrepen carefully moved the team up to world class level between 2012 and 2015. Jeremie Rollett had a smooth transition last year and is now at a point with the Tigers where the world meet medals are in reach...

Mondial 2016 - Bronze Medals in 4-way Open

Who wins 4-way Open Class bronze medals at the Mondial 2016?

Evolution (Canada)
Black Cat (Russia)
FLY-IN (France)
Tigers (Qatar)
Satori XL (Great Britain)
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