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Up Close & Personal

name: Julien Degen

email: jdegen@weembi.com

age: 41

education: Weembi Indoor University

family & marital staus: Married, three daughters

number of jumps: 22,000

years in Sport: 25

teams: French national teams in 4-way and 8-way, Weembi High Rollers

slot(s): Outside Center

favorite competition: FAI World Championship 2010 in Menzelinsk, FAI Indoor World Cup

funniest moment in skydiving: My hangover after celebrating my 1st world meet in 2004, arm-wrestling fights with the Russians, maybe not the funniest moment but it was in front of all delegations…

skydiving mentor(s): Craig Girard, Mark Kirkby

hobbies: Compete neck to neck

favorite place: Greece

Where will you be ten years from now? Maybe something completely different from now, who knows...?

best kept secret: No secrets in this sport

Julien Degen Julien Degen
There are not too many skydivers with a total number of 22000+ jumps. There are also not too many 4-way and 8-way competitors who are flying in a windtunnel every day, unless they are working as indoor instructors at the same time.

French competitor Julien Degen does both, and it still always seems like he cannot get enough of it.

He has won his world championship titles long ago, first in 8-way in Gera 2006 and Maubeuge 2008, then in 4-way in Menzelinsk 2010.

It is probably not a big surprise that he is one of the few Formation Skydiving competitors who have tried to win FAI gold medals in 4-way and 8-way at the same world championship.

4-way gold in Menzelinsk 2010 4-way gold in Menzelinsk 2010
Julien Degen was 21 years of age when national coach Jerome David selected him for a new national 8-way team, and he attended his first world championship in Rijeka 2004. There he won his first FAI world championship medal with the 2nd place behind Arizona Airspeed.

The same team continued for two more years, and national coach Jerome David assigned 8-way team mates Julien Degen, Jeremie Rollett, Mathieu and Guillaume Bernier) to 4-way competition for France and the mission impossible, as well.

He and his three 4-way and 8-way team mates missed the double gold by one single point in 2008. Then he was in the same 4-way lineup who won gold in Menzelinsk 2010, where only Mathieu Bernier accomplished the mission impossible that has still not been copied yet.

8-way silver in Dubai 2012 8-way silver in Dubai 2012
Julien Degen already could not get enough of 4-way and 8-way competition by then, and he continued with the French national teams after winning his three gold medals. Once again, he took on 4-way (3rd) and 8-way (2nd) double duties in Dubai 2012.

His former world champion team mate and new national coach Jeremie Rollett then assigned Julien Degen and Mathieu Bernier to guide a new national 4-way lineup to the world's top level. They ended up without any medals in Prostejov 2014, and Julien Degen switched back to 8-way for a new FAI silver medal in Ottawa 2016.

The outdoor world championship of 2016 was the last one for Julien Degen, even though he was far from being done with Formation Skydiving competition. He still competed one more time for France at an outdoor world cup in Saarlouis 2017 before committing fully to his new indoor career.

Julien Degen at Weembi Lille Julien Degen at Weembi Lille
Julien Degen had already fallen in love with indoor training and competition before FAI/ISC launched their indoor world championships and world cups. He competed with the first version of his future Weembi team at the World Challenge 2015 (Christine Malnis, Sophia Pecout, Thomas Perrin) and finished in 3rd place behind NMP PCH HayaBusa and SDC Rhythm XP.

He and his 8-way team mate Bruno Perin became partners in the new windtunnel operation of Weembi Lille and built up the business and their events to one of the most popular 4-way and 8-way indoor sites. Weembi Lille and Paraclete XP are now famous for their 8-way training opportunities and annual events.

Julien Degen does not add too many jumps from air planes to his total of 22000+ while he is probably one of the busiest indoor fliers on the planet. He told the NSL News that he is flying every day at Weembi Lille, and nobody in the world copies the number of competition rounds that he accumulates with numerous teams at 4-way and 8-way events.

Weembi High Rollers in Bahrain 2018 Weembi High Rollers in Bahrain 2018
His Weembi High Rollers (Christine Malnis, Sophia Pecout, Roy Janssen) became the only team in the world that ever outscored NMP PCH HayaBusa's signature lineup (Dennis Praet, Jeroen Nollet, Andy and David Grauwels) at any 4-way competition between 2015 and 2021.

It happened only once in this time period after several attempts, and Julien Degen remembers the indoor world cup in Bahrain 2018 as one of his most favorite competitions.

Weembi High Rollers competed officially for France at the indoor world cup. In fact, the Weembi lineup with NMP PCH HayaBusa world champion of 2014, Roy Janssen, was also the French national indoor team in 4-way Open in Montreal 2017 and Weembi Lille 2019.

Julien Degen added two more FAI silver medals at world championships to his collection and has now changed 4-way direction. He still is in the lineups of the best 4-way and 8-way indoor teams in the world if they are not the official French national teams, while he is also doing 4-way with his three daughters. He lives within walking distance from Weembi Lille...