Eddie the Eagle back in Canada

Plucky ski jumper Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards who soared to fame at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games returned to Canada to take part in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics relay still carrying the torch for underdogs everywhere.


The British plasterer who endeared himself to fans around the world as he chased an unlikely dream, was once again greeted by wild cheers as he held high the Olympic torch during a bitterly cold early morning run.

"It's not quite the same as doing the ski jumping in Calgary 22 years ago but it is still nice to come back and be part of the whole Olympic dream," Edwards said in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Eagle landed back in Canada after being invited by the Canadian Olympic Committee to participate in the 45,000-km torch relay that is twisting its way across the country towards the opening ceremony in Vancouver on February 12.

It was 22 years ago that millions of curious sports fans held their collective breath as the near-sighted Briton with the thick glasses flung himself off the ski jump with his arms flailing.

Edwards finished last but won the hearts and imagination of the sporting world for his spirit and determination.

His performance also caught the attention of the International Olympic Committee, which later tightened qualification standards ruling out the chance of ever seeing the likes of an Eddie the Eagle on an Olympic ski jumping hill ever again.

Edwards returned to Canada just after a coalition of women ski jumpers lost their court bid to be allowed to compete in the Olympics, where ski jumping remains a male-only sport.

"If you are in your sport for your country, you should be able to go to the Olympic Games and represent your sport for your country bringing people together in the interests of sport," said Edwards, still battling for the rights of the underdogs.

"It's a fantastic Olympic ideal and I uphold it as much as I can.".

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so that everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Win cash in one day fantasy football contests. Join now!

    Learn how to play

    Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
    PL £1 Learn To Play [No Risk] 9/150 £1 £180 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter
    PL £2 Double Up [Learn to Play] 3/11 £2 £20 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter
    PL £1 10-Player [Learn to Play] 1/10 £1 £9 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter