Look up, the show is in the air during this week dedicated to flying and freestyle in Valmeinier. Take advantage of the exceptional presence of the French Skydiving Team and take a helicopter flight over the Maurienne valley. You will be able to participate in many activities and initiations of freestyle disciplines.

Program

For the event, the French parachuting team comes to perform spectacular demonstrations in the sky of Valmeinier. After their jumps, the champions meet the public. Also on display during this week are freestyle mountain biking, skateboarding, freestyle dancing, fire shows, kite workshops and helicopter flights… so many activities to discover and practice. Let's ride!

Demonstration of the French Skydiving Team

On the occasion of Jump'n'Fly, attend spectacular demonstrations by the French Skydiving Team in the heart of the resort. After their jump, the champions will meet the public. Show must go on!

Meeting with Jacques Baal, coach of the French team

Jacques BAAL has been skydiving for 38 years. On his record: 18 jumps and 000 world titles! He has now been coaching the France team for 12 years.

Can you introduce us to the French parachuting team?

“The French Precision Landing and Aerobatic Team” consists of two teams, one female and one male. Each team consists of 5 members. In addition there are two juniors, a girl and a boy. That's 12 people. We also have two athletes in reserve, making a total of 14 people. These teams have always been in the top five nations in the world. On the women's side, they finished two third places at the last World Championship. Individually, we have sportsmen and women who particularly stand out. Among the women, we can mention Déborah Ferrant who is the reigning world champion in landing precision (PA) and Léocadie OLLIVIER DE PURY, who is 2rd in aerobatics. Among the men, Thomas JEANNEROT has two places of 3rd in landing precision (PA) and in the combined. He was also the combined world champion in 2010!

How does a training take place?

Training takes place over defined periods, ranging from one to two consecutive weeks. During these periods, the goal is to jump every day between 8 and 12 times. The day begins with the physical warm-up, then the preparation for the day in terms of objectives in the jumps. The first jumps generally take place from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., resumed around 14 p.m. until everyone has done their volume of jumps. Between each jump, depending on the work sought, there is a debriefing with video, and the folding of the parachute (about 00 to 5 minutes). The training day ends with a point on the work done, and the projection on the next day. Eventually a sports session closes this session. All this is under weather conditions, if the wind is too strong, if it rains, if the clouds are too low, no jump, and there, we focus on the work on the video, the preparation of the equipment, and the physical preparation .

Why did you choose the resort of Valmeinier, in Savoie, for the oxygenation course? What is the impact on the body of athletes to go green in the mountains?

The choice of the Valmeinier resort was made for several reasons:

  • Contacts with managers, proximity to Tallard (France hub)
  • For the welcome reserved for us

The fact of staying at altitude, as well as the activities carried out, allow us to prepare ourselves physically but also to recover and to be in a privileged setting.

Presentation of the French Skydiving Team

Athletes come from many walks of life. We can distinguish two types: those who play sports full-time and the others!

  • All those who are full-time have a military status, which combined with the fact that they are high-level athletes in the French Parachuting Federation, means that they are seconded for that.
  • The others have a job: it ranges from educator to engineer, and they train on weekends and during their holidays. Some (three of them) have a CIP (Professional Integration Contract) which allows them to have more days to train in addition to their holidays. This contract is made with their company, the ministry and the Federation. They have 20 to 30 more days.
Jump'n'Fly

Members of the French team:

  • Thomas JEANNEROT – 37 years old

📍 Originally from Rennes, Thomas cut his teeth in Alsace. He is now a member of CERPS De Tallard (05), in the Hautes-Alpes, Thomas has recorded 9600 jumps and 30 hours in the wind tunnel! He started skydiving in 1999 at the age of 15!

 🏆 Achievements: World Champion, vice-world champion, 2 bronze medals at the World Championship, winner of the World Cup Series, silver medal at the World Cup Series, 2 bronze medals at the World Cup Series, European champion, 3 times vice-champion of Europe, bronze medal at the European championship, quadruple champion of France, 4 times vice-champion of France, bronze medal at the championship of France, 2 times winner of the French cup!

  • Mathieu GUINDE – 28 years old

📍 At only 28 years old, Mathieu has 3300 jumps on his counter! He started skydiving in 2009 at the age of 16. Today he has already made 400 ascent flights and 30 hours in the wind tunnel. He is a member of the Parachute Club of Aix en Provence (13).

 🏆 Achievements: Vice-world champion, bronze medal at the World Championship, silver medal at the World Cup Series, triple French champion, 3 times vice-champion of France, 5 bronze medals at the French championship.


Focus on the twins of the French team:
  • Alexandre FERRONI – 24 years old

📍 Licensed at the Skydiving Club Tarbes Bigorre (65) in Occitanie, Alexandre, 24 years old, has recorded 2250 jumps since his debut in 2011 as well as 30 hours of wind tunnel.

🏆 Achievements: Double champion of France, 4 times vice-champion of France.

  • Sylvain FERRONI – 24 years old

📍 24 years old, licensed at the Skydiving club Tarbes Bigorre (65) in Occitanie, Sylvain accumulates 2300 jumps.

🏆 Awards: Double World Champion, 2 bronze medals at the World Championship, 3 Silver medals at the World Cup Series, 2 bronze medals at the European Championship, quadruple French champion, 8 times vice-champion of France, 4 bronze medals in the French championship, 3 times winner of the French Cup.

Alexandre and Sylvain FERRONI, nicknamed "The FERRONI brothers", are part of the French Precision Landing and Aerobatic Team. They grew up in a family of enthusiasts: a paragliding instructor mom, a military dad and a parachutist inspired their children who naturally took the path of skydiving in 2011.

  • Jean VIGNUALES – 35 years old

📍 Licensed at the Regional School Center of Skydiving in Alsace (67), Jean, 35, has 5000 jumps after more than 18 years of career and 30 hours of wind tunnel.

🏆 Achievements: Bronze medal at the World Championship, vice-champion of Europe, quadruple champion of France, 2 times vice-champion of France, 2 bronze medals at the championship of France.

  • Stephanie TEXIER – 40 years old

📍 Stéphanie is licensed at the CERPS De Tallard club (05) in the Hautes-Alpes. At 40, this athlete has logged 7050 jumps, 500 uphill flights and 92 hours in the wind tunnel.
Licensed (in 2021) at CERPS De Tallard (05).

🏆 Achievements: World Champion, 2 World Championship bronze medals, World Cup winner, 2 World Cup bronze medals, World Cup Series winner, World Cup Series Silver medal, European Champion, 2 times vice-champion of Europe, 2 bronze medals at the European championship, 1 silver medal in international, 11 times champion of France, 7 times vice-champion of France, 7 bronze medals at the championship of France.

  • Léocadie OLLIVIER DE PURY – 28 years old

📍 Licensed at the Parachute Club of Aix En Provence (13), Léocadie is a skydiving genius. She has 4050 jumps to her credit as well as 250 ascent flights and 20 hours in the wind tunnel.

🏆 Achievements: 2 times vice-world champion, 3 bronze medals at the World Championship, silver medal in the World Cup, bronze medal in the World Cup, bronze medal at the World Cup Series, European champion, 2 times vice -European champion, 3 bronze medals at the European championship, 14 times French champion, 4 times French vice-champion, 5 bronze medals at the French championship, 2 times winner of the French cup, silver medal 'Silver in the French Cup.

  • Benoît BAECKEROOT – 36 years old

📍 Licensed at the Para Club de l ' Indre (36), Benoît started skydiving more than 20 years ago. Today, he has 4000 jumps and 2 hours in the wind tunnel.

🏆 Achievements: World Champion, World Vice-Champion, World Championship bronze medal, World Cup Silver Medal, World Cup bronze medal, European Vice-Champion, European Championship Bronze Medal , 1 time international winner, quadruple French champion, French vice-champion, 2 bronze medals in the French championship, 2 bronze medals in the French Cup.

  • Elliot TOLLEMER – 27 years old

📍 Graduated from the Skydiving School of Besançon, in Franche-Comté (25), Elliot has been skydiving since 2013. He has 1000 jumps to his credit!

🏆 Achievements: Double champion of France, winner of the Coupe de France, Silver medal in the Coupe de France.

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