Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards in 1988
Eddie the Eagle: 20 Years On
It's over 20 years since ski-jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards soared to glorious failure at the 1988 Winter Olympics. But what's he up to now? We catch up with the Cheltenham hero.
Over twenty years ago, February 13th 1988, the Winter Olympic torch was lit in Calgary, Canada, and two decades ago the Winter Olympics weren't really that keenly anticipated in the UK.
However the 1988 Winter Olympics broke the mould and was unlike any other Olympics since - due to a Jamaican Bobsleigh team and a man in milk bottle glasses from Cheltenham.
Eddie in 2008 now working as a plasterer
Plasterer Michael Edwards was going to become the first competitor to represent the UK in Olympic ski jumping. 16 days later Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards was a world famous celebrity... and he still is!
BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Steve Kitchen has been looking back on the events of two decades ago with Eddie, who now lives in the Stroud Valleys and earns a living as a plasterer.
Eddie told Steve it doesn't feel like 20 years ago since he hit the headlines: "No it doesn't - I can't believe it. I was 24 when I went to Calgary in 1988 and now I'm 44 but I can remember it like it was yesterday."
The Eagle in action in 1988
After the 1988 Winter Olympics came all the showbiz trappings. Eddie said: "I did things I thought I'd never get chance to do."
"I sung a few records, opened nightclubs... I did loads of TV and radio work all over the world - travelling by private jet and helicopter from one job to the next. It was great."
"And the attention from these beautiful women who two weeks before Calgary wouldn't have even noticed me. It was amazing."
Click on the links above to listen to the full two-part interview with Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards interviewed by Steve Kitchen in February 2008.
last updated: 12/02/2010 at 09:10
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