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‘Eddie the Eagle’ Edwards

Michael Edwards, aka ‘Eddie the Eagle’ found fame as the first competitor to represent Team GB in Olympic Ski jumping. After learning to ski at the Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre, he went on to hold the British ski jumping record from 1988 to 2001. Eddie’s life story was featured in the Oscar nominated film ‘Eddie The Eagle’ starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.


About Eddie The Eagle

To improve his chances of qualifying for the Calgary Olympics in 1988, Eddie moved to Lake Placid in the US to train and enter races of a higher standard. However, he quickly found himself short on funds. To realise his Olympic dream, he decided to switch to ski jumping for reasons of cost and easier qualification as there were no other British ski jumpers with whom to compete for a place.

Eddie began ski jumping under the watchful eye of John Viscome and Chuck Berghorn in Lake Placid, using Chuck’s old equipment. Eddie had to wear six pairs of socks to make the boots fit!  He was also handicapped by his weight.  At about 82 kg (181 lb), he was more than 9 kg (20 lb) heavier than the next heaviest competitor.

These were not the only challenges to overcome however. Without any form of financial support for training, Eddie worked as a plasterer and even slept in a disused Finnish hospital for a short time to save enough money to keep his Olympic dreams alive. Being very longsighted, Eddie also had to wear his high strength spectacles at all times. During ski jumps, his glasses often fogged to such an extent that he could not see!

Eddie first represented Great Britain at the 1987 World Championships and was ranked 55th in the world. This performance qualified him, as the sole British applicant, for the 1988 Winter Olympics.  At that time, he was the British ski jumping record holder despite finishing last in the 70m and 90m events.  Eddie has since become famous for personifying the Olympic spirit and for his determination to represent his country without any form of funding.

Since his Olympic appearances, Eddie became a ski instructor and has appeared on many television programmes including ‘The Jump’ and ‘Splash.’

He is a hugely in demand speaker for both corporate and after-dinner events, with a story unlike any other.

To book Motivational Speaker Eddie The Eagle, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Eddie the Eagle’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Resilience
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Goal setting
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