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Eddie Eagle Edwards

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Winter Olympian & Inspirational Speaker

Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is an inspiring, fun and entertaining after-dinner speaker and motivational speaker

Eddie came to the forefront of people’s attention in 1988 when he competed for Great Britain at the Winter Olympics. Despite coming last in the ski jump, Eddie became famous for summing up the Olympic spirit and for his determination to represent his country without any form of funding.

Eddie learned to ski at his local dry ski slope and quickly became an accomplished downhill skier, but missed out on the 1984 Olympics. To realise his dreams and with a shortage of funds and the easier qualification, he decided to switch to ski jumping as there were no other British ski jumpers with whom to compete for a place.

Despite being ranked 55th in the World his performance at the 1987 World Championship was good enough to qualify for the 1988 Olympics. He was at the time the British ski jumping record holder despite finishing last in the 70m and 90m events.

In 1988 he fulfilled his dreams and competed in the Winter Olympics, and despite making considerable advances in his performances, he failed to qualify for the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Games.

After retiring from ski jumping, Eddie went on the become the world number nine in amateur speed skiing, (106.8 mph / 171.9 km/h).
Eddie continues to work as a commentator for programmes such as ITV’s ‘The Jump’ and has taken part in numerous TV shows ranging from Sport Relief to the celebrity diving show ‘Splash’ which he won.

Eddie is Patron of the charity Ski 4 Cancer and spends much of his time helping them wherever he can. He returned to ski jumping in 2015 to raise funds for Ski 4 Cancer.

A film about Eddie’s life starring Taron Egerton as Eddie and Hugh Jackman as his trainer was released in 2016 to much acclaim.

SPEAKING TOPICS

Eddie the Eagle Edwards has a warm and welcoming personality and is reflected in his speaking event. He talks on –

• Overcoming adversity,
• Personal endurance,
• Never taking no for an answer
• Teamwork

Topics

Overcoming Adversity
Teamwork