At Panda Radio we love an underdog. We love someone who has pitted themselves against the odds to achieve amazing things. We also love having a laugh. So, guess how happy we were to have Eddie The Eagle in the studio.
Eddie is a British skier who became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. His lack of success endeared him to people around the globe. He finished last in the 70 m and 90 m events at the 1988 Winter Olympics. He subsequently became a media celebrity and appeared on talk shows around the world. Perhaps most incredibly during the closing ceremony, the president of the Organizing Committee, Frank King, singled out Edwards for his contribution. That is truly mental!
However, it’s important to point out that Eddie is no loser. He became the British ski jumping record holder, ninth in amateur speed skiing (106.8 km/h (66.4 mph)), and a stunt jumping world record holder for jumping over 6 buses. Eddie even took part in festivities marking the twentieth anniversary of The Winter Olympics.During his visit, he rode the zip-line at Canada Olympic Park with a member of the Jamaican bobsled team (the ride simulates the speed of a ski-jumper) and led a procession of skiers down the slopes of the park while carrying an Olympic torch.
But in more recent years you may have seen him in BBC1’s Let’s Dance for Sport Relief, where he got through to the final on most public votes. He also won the first series of the British celebrity diving programme Splash!, mentored by Tom Daley. He’s even commentated on the Channel 4 TV programme The Jump. And if that wasn’t enough, he even has his own bloomin’ biopic! That’s right, Eddie The Eagle has a film all about him. Plus, it stars Alan Patridge’s alter ego Steve Coogan, Xmen’s Hugh Jackman and Academy Award Winner Christopher Walken. If you haven’t seen it already, have a gander:
But, despite all the Hollywood A-Listers clamouring to be in his film, we didn’t want to talk to Steve Coogan, Hugh Jackman or Christopher Walken. We just wanted to talk to the living legend himself – Eddie The Eagle. No faffing about, we went to get the words from the great man himself.