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Up Close & Personal
name: Julien Degen
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...