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The Eagle who dared to dream
Eddie Edwards
Eddie Edwards may soon be immortalised on celluloid

Eddie the Eagle, best known for his ski jump heroics in the 1988 Winter Olympics, may be coming to a cinema screen near you.
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+ The plasterer from Cheltenham was born Michael Edwards on 5th December, 1963.

+ Eddie was the first man ever to represent Britain in an Olympic jumping event.

+ He shocked officials in 1988 by qualifying for the event simply because no other Brit applied and because he recorded a 77 metre jump, small by Olympic standards, in Australia.

+ With only two seasons of jumping under his belt, the short and stocky 26-year-old had more experience in the construction trades than in ski jumping.




 

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Eddie Edwards shot to overnight fame when he became the lovable loser Eddie the Eagle, at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.

His amateur performance turned him into an instant celebrity despite being placed last and executing one of the worst jumps in the history of the winter Games.

With only two seasons of jumping under his belt, Cheltenham-born Eddie had more experience in the construction trades than in ski jumping.

quote I went from being a plasterer earning five grand a year to a celebrity earning something like £10,000 an hour - it was brilliant. quote
Eddie Edwards

Nevertheless, he was the first man ever to represent Britain in an Olympic jumping event.

His combination of courage and mediocrity won him a gold medal in the hearts of the crowd and the former plasterer with his trademark specs and broad grin was soon reaping the benefits of being a lovable loser.

According to Eddie: "I went from being a plasterer earning five grand a year to a celebrity earning something like £10,000 an hour - it was brilliant."

Today Eddie is no longer an Olympian. But the man who is hoping to start a new career as a legal eagle may soon be heading for the limelight again.

In 2002 Eddie sold the rights to his life story to Los Angeles-based Saville Productions. They now own the exclusive film and television rights to his story.

Lovable loser Eddie the Eagle.

Eddie said: "Yes, it's true, they're making a movie about my life - probably the last major project I'll be doing as Eddie the Eagle."

Producer Robert Maconick is developing the script, and hopes to start filming the movie in Europe early next year.

The screenplay will be written by Simon Kelton, a British former ski journalist but no director is attached to the project as yet.

It is hoped the film will be in the same vein as Cool Runnings, a hit movie based on the Jamaican bobsled team who were determined to make it to the Olympics and convince the world that their attempt was genuine, and not a potential embarrassment.

Maconick hopes the film will be a Full Monty style comedy about a plucky British underdog.

Eddie said: "I hope the film will show that for me getting to the Olympics was the greatest thing. That was my gold medal - even though I came last."

   

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