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He slept in a shed for a year in pursuit of a far-fetched dream to become an Olympic champion - Eddie the Eagle is the British skier that the world fell in love with. A fascinating story lies at the heart of Eddie's transformation from failed track skier to record-breaking British ski-jumper.Book Eddie Edwards Today!
A story that conjures up all manner of emotions - Eddie Edwards' remarkable achievements showcased immense determination in the face of adversity - to deliver a triumph that for many, exceeds status as an Olympic champion.
A good downhill skier in his youth, Eddie narrowly missed out on the Great British Olympic team. While many would have made moves towards another venture - not Eddie. Eddie had a dream and nobody would stand in the way of it.
Noticing that Great Britain didn't have an Olympic ski jump team, Eddie set about making his own. Finding a loophole in the system, Eddie competed at events around Europe, namely Scandinavia - in hope of making the Olympic Games.
Amazingly Eddie, who had slept in a shed and Finnish mental institute to keep costs down while he was training became a candidate for the Olympics. Having first represented Great Britain in the 1987 World Championships, Eddie - despite criticism for not being able to compete at the highest level - was 55th in the world and appeared at the Olympic Games in Calgary.
In the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Eddie was to become a household name. The British public quickly warmed to Eddie, whose passion to achieve his dream and create a world-record endeared him not only to his home-crowd but also inspired many more around the world at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. He broke the British record in the games, and despite finishing in last place in both of the events he competed in, Eddie was delighted with his efforts, and encouraged by the crowd, Eddie famously roused the crowd by soaring across the snow with his arms outstretched - in tribute to his new nickname - Eddie the Eagle.
His Olympic efforts ensured his status as one of the most inspirational Olympic speakers of all time. Broadcasters and event organisers have since been queuing up for an audience with Eddie the Eagle - and for a fairytale underdog story of overcoming adversity against all odds - there a few as engaging as Eddie's.
"Eddie was fantastic and really contributed to the whole event. All who met him had nothing but praise for him.” - Marches School
“Eddie was great and went down really well with everyone – there were loads of laughs and everyone enjoyed his story – photo opportunity afterwards went down really well too!” - Support Manager, BDGT
“I wanted to say that we loved Eddie, he was an inspirational, funny and down to earth delight who the students easily engaged with. We have wanted to have him at Dean Close for many years, as a local boy, so it was great to finally achieve it. Please pass our grateful thanks to him and we wish him well in his future.” - Balcarras & Dean Close School
“Both the conference and Eddie’s talk went very well thank you, I actually sat in on Eddie’s talk and thoroughly enjoyed it as it was a nice way to round up such a busy day. He was extremely friendly and interesting to talk too and we had a good chat in the Green Room whilst he was waiting to go on. What a lovely man! After delegates spend the day being ‘talked at’, where possible we always like to end our conference by having someone with an inspirational, heart-warming and interesting tale to tell mixed with just the right amount of humour to finish up, and Eddie did just that. He seemed to be a popular choice and some wanted to have their photo taken with him and talk to him afterwards, and he was most happy to stay and chat.” – ESSA
“It went really well thank you, I think everyone really enjoyed it and they were definitely surprised! Thank you for all your help arranging their attendance." – Morgan Kai Group
“The days of filming went really well, we are very pleased with how things went and are looking forward to seeing the end product once the edit has been done. Eddie was really great to work with, a lovely guy who couldn’t have been more engaged and flexible in working with us to achieve a fantastic result. Our gnarly production team said he was an absolute dream to work with – very high praise indeed!” – Development Director Europe, SafeStart International
“Eddie was an excellent speaker at our event – more than happy to mingle with our guests and do anything that might help us raise a few more pounds for charity on the night. Eddie’s speech was both hilarious and inspiring, which was absolutely key with the occasion being an awards night for previously vulnerable young people. His message resonated with both the award winners and the audience, and we’d gladly have him back any time!” – Marketing & Events Executive, Inner Flame
‘It was fantastic! Eddie was so lovely and everyone enjoyed his talk. He stayed with us for the rest of the evening so that everybody had an opportunity to spend time with him and ask their questions.” – Zilico Limited
“Eddie went down well on Friday. Thank you again for coordinating.” – North Tyneside Council
‘Eddie was brilliant! Everyone loved him and he was swamped with people wanting selfies at the end!’ – Progressive Property
“The event was a huge success yesterday, Eddie was absolutely brilliant! Feedback so far has been hugely positive and Twitter coverage was huge for our area. Please do pass my thanks on to him once again for joining us, delivering an inspirational talk and then talking the time to meet with everyone that wanted pictures and to say “hi” to him once he had finished. An absolute gent!” – Events Northern Limited
“Eddie was great on Friday. A brilliant evening and everybody loved him. Dare I say, our most popular guest yet! Thank you for all of your help as ever!” – Active Sussex
“Eddie was an excellent speaker at our product launch event – funny, charming and very personable. It was such a great surprise to our sales team (who had no idea he was coming). Listening to his stories about determination and never giving up in the face of adversity, was truly inspirational.” – DW Windsor
“Just wanted to say a big thank you to Eddie for yesterday – he was really great, and we had some fantastic feedback from our guests.” – FDA
“A big thank you to Eddie. He was a great addition to our conference and brought a light-hearted element to what was quite a serious event. We had some lovely feedback from our delegates, and they and we really appreciated that Eddie stuck around after his session to join the delegates for lunch and answer plenty of questions/have selfies taken!” – CORGI Technical Services
“Overall Eddie was brilliant, a lovely guy to talk to before his slot and he was more than happy to chat with the team in the break and take pictures which was such a nice touch. I was particularly impressed that after Andrew and I had briefed him a couple of weeks ago, he used some of the keywords from the conference theme which was great and really linked his story to our message.”– Lloyds
“Just a quick thank you to you and Eddie for a wonderful event, Eddie really made the day and really went the extra mile with all of the photos with everyone at the end. Please give him a huge thanks from us.” – EFT Solutions
“Everything went really well on Saturday, Eddie was fantastic and the students loved him!” – Harper Adams
“We were quite disorganized and only confirmed with Andrew the day of our event. Needless to say, Andrew was a hit at our company’s annual kick-off, especially considering he didn’t have much time to prepare. He was put on the spot when he arrived and had to pretend to be a new hire so that the team would be surprised by his act later in the evening. When he appeared at the front of the room and revealed his true identity, he had everyone laughing. He was professional, friendly, and above all, very funny!” - Momentum ABM
“I had such great feedback for Eddie. The pupils, parents and staff all thought he was absolutely brilliant. He stayed behind and had photos with guests and signed autographs. Thank you for your help in securing Eddie." - Nottingham High School
“Eddie was funny, engaging and inspiring and nothing was too much trouble, he even had selfies taken with a huge queue of people!!” – Microgaming
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