Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards

Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, was an international ski racer who then became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in ski jumping at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. At the time, he was the British ski jumping record holder and the world number nine in amateur speed skiing (171.9 km/h).

Eddie became famous for his perseverance and achievement without funding. In 2013, Eddie competed in and won the ITV celebrity diving programme ‘Splash!’ Eddie also commentates on the Channel 4 TV programme ‘The Jump’.

Find out more about Eddie on his website www.eddie-the-eagle.co.uk