Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Eddie the Eagle ready to soar again

Eddie the Eagle is ready to soar again

A quarter of a century after shooting to fame as a figure of fun with the world's worst Olympic ski jump, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards is to make a comeback.

After a 16-year absence from the slopes, the Cheltenham-born plasterer is due to fly to Bavaria to take on the Garmisch-Partenkirchen New Year ski jump.

Edwards came last in the 70m and 90m ski jumps at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games but became a household name and the unlikely hero of that Olympiad.

He is due to be one of the fore-jumpers at the competition, which is one of the highlights of the ski jump season.

Once contracts are confirmed, Edwards, who lives near Stroud in Gloucestershire with his wife and two children, will test the conditions at the venue before the competition starts.

Edwards, who turns 50 tomorrow, told the Gloucestershire Echo that he plans to fly to Germany next week to try the jump for the first time.

"I'm still fit and in pretty good shape and I wanted to do it before it was too late for me physically," he told the paper.

"This will be my last chance to have a go and see if I can still do it.

"I've always had that 'have a go' spirit. It's not reckless because I think about the risk and every conceivable thing that could go wrong. I am nervous but also quite excited.

"I can close my eyes and imagine myself at the top of a ski jump, then going down it and coming to the take-off. When I stand up there it will be almost like I've never been away."

Earlier this year, Edwards overcame his "unlucky loser" tag by winning ITV's celebrity diving competition Splash!.

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