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Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards

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His real name is Michael Edwards but he became known as Eddie “The Eagle” when he was the first to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping, which happened at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Edwards holds the English record of 73.5m, which he set at this Olympics. Edwards became known to the public as a result of his particular style and poor results. However, the International Olympic Committee and other ski jumpers were not amused. These thought he was bringing shame to the sport, which led to a rule change, which came to be known as the “Eddie the Eagle rule”. This rule means that Olympic participants must have participated in international competitions and placed themselves in the top 30 percent or be among the top 50 ranked in the world. This meant that Edwards failed to qualify for both the Albertville and Lillehammer Olympics.

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