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Up Close & Personal
name: Jérémie Rollett
education: Sport Teacher
family & marital staus: Married, 5-year old son, 2-year old daughter
number of jumps: 8,000
years in Sport: 22
teams: French national 4-way and 8-way teams
slot(s): Inside Center
favorite competition: World Meet 2010 in Menzelinsk
funniest moment in skydiving: A tandem for my bachelor party, with pink underpants and my team mates
skydiving mentor(s): Thierry Boitieux, Jérôme David, Philippe "Le Professor" Schorno
hobbies: Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Fishing
favorite music: Dire straits - Sultans of Swing
favorite movie(s): From Dusk Till Dawn
favorite place: At home with family
Where will you be ten years from now? Still in the skydiving world
best kept secret: Few unforgettable parties with my team mates
- Rudyard Kipling
Of course, they started as competitors, and each of them is a former 4-way or/and 8-way world champion.
Jeremie Rollett has collected three gold medals, two in 4-way (2006 - 2008) and one in 8-way (2010).
The 4-way gold medal in Menzelinsk 2010 means the most to him, as this event was the favorite competition in his skydiving career.
On top of that, Jeremie Rollett had Mathieu Bernier in his 4-way lineup, who became the first FS competitor in history winning gold medals in 4-way and 8-way at the same world meet.
It is no big surprise that Jeremie Rollett and Mathieu Bernier both remember Menzelinsk as their favorite competition. Jérôme David was the French national coach in Menzelinsk 2010, who had planned the FS Sweep carefully over years. He became one of Jeremie Rollett's mentors, together with Philippe "Le Professor" Schorno, who coached the French VFS team to the gold medals in 2010.
Jeremie Rollett made his first skydive in 1997, three years after Mathieu Bernier's first jump. Seven years later, they both competed at their first World Championship of Formation Skydiving in Croatia 2004 and won silver medals in 8-way, only three points behind Arizona Airspeed.
The same 8-way team defended the French 8-way gold medals successfully on home turf in Maubeuge 2008, and Jeremie Rollett had two 8-way gold medals and one 8-way silver medal in his collection after his world meet debut in 2004.
The situation became even more exciting for Jeremie Rollett when national coach Jerome David decided in 2007 to send four 8-way competitors into the 4-way battle at the same time, and he was one of them.
The complete lineup almost accomplished in 2008 what Mathieu Bernier would alone do in 2010. France finished in 2nd place, one single point behind Arizona Airspeed and the double-gold success. However, Jeremie Rollett added his first 4-way medal to the collection of 8-way gold and silver.
National coach Jerome David then changed his strategy again in preparation for the next world meet in Menzelinsk 2010.
Jeremie Rollett and his 4-way lineup completed the transition to 4-way, while a separate 8-way lineup was sent on the mission to defend the French gold medals against the Golden Knights - with one exception.
Jeremie Rollett's mission was to turn the 4-way silver medals into gold, which the whole team had done before in 8-way, from 2004 to 2006.
The 2010 opponent was the same as in 2008, the defending 4-way world champions, Airspeed Odyssey.
It was an extremely dramatic battle, with both teams going into Round 10 tied in 1st place. The French performance in Round 10 became one of the most memorable competition jumps in the history of the sport and won the gold medals.
Jeremie Rollett now had three world meet gold medals in his pocket and two silver medals, while national coach Jerome David had accomplished his own mission, the complete 4-event FS Sweep.
Of course, it would be very difficult for the new national coach to copy the same success that Jerome David had left behind.
His three world champion team mates continued with Manu Sarrazin and finished in 3rd place at the Mondial Dubai 2012.
They were also back in the strong new 8-way lineup and still ended up behind the Golden Knights in 2nd place.
Last and not least at all, the French national team in 4-way Women defended the gold medals successfully in 2012, and Jeremie Rollett had a good start into his new job.
Two years were not enough to bring the new 4-way and 8-way national teams in the Open Class to the world's top level, and France ended up without a medal in 4-way and in 3rd place in 8-way at the World Meet in Prostejov 2014. The French Girls still defended their 4-way Women title successfully.
Jeremie Rollett changed the lineups once again and selected Laurence Herve for the 4-way Open Class team, the first French female competitor in a 4-way Open Class national team. He added three young and eager 4-way competitors to the lineup (Charles Rommel, Kevin Mansion, Damien Gouriou), and the new French national team is on its way up to the top.
The French Formation Skydiving delegation was in good shape when Jeremie Rollett received an attractive offer from Qatar and decided to work with the national 4-way team, the Tigers.
He forwarded the French national teams into the good hands of his successor, former team mate Mathieu Bernier, and has been working successfully with the Qatar Tigers since the end of the 2015 season.
The Qatar Tigers have become an underdog for bronze medals at the Mondial 2016 by now, and Jeremie Rollett might be able to collect more medals as a coach...