Many people might not know who Michael Edwards is, but mention “Eddie Edwards” or better still, “Eddie the Eagle” and the light switches on. Now a highly popular Olympic speaker, Eddie is a world-famous skier who is as well known for his failures as much as his successes. With a story like Eddie’s, it is no surprise that his life was immortalised in film in 2016, when Taron Egerton played him in Eddie the Eagle.
As for his successes, Eddie has held the British ski jumping record of 73.5 metres and the stunt jumping world record when he jumped over 10 cars and six buses. At the peak of his career, he competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics, where he was the first ski jumper to represent Britain.
One rumour is that Eddie often couldn’t see where he was going because his glasses would often steam up! Eddie has also been quoted as saying that he was afraid of jumping. And yet, he still managed to greatly succeed within his discipline, fuelled on by the hopes of the nation. As an Olympic speaker, Eddie reflects upon his experience as an OIympian, explaining to his audience how he overcame criticism and adversity.
An early example of a media celebrity who is adored by the public for his uniquely perfect performances, Eddie Edwards has used that notoriety to forge an impressive career as a TV personality and presenter, ran with the Olympic torch, published a book, recorded songs in Finnish and became a successful Olympic speaker.
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Watch an interview with Eddie discussing his movie here:
When featuring at events Eddie is known to discuss such topics as:
- Being the Underdog
- Personal Resilience
- Overcoming Criticism
- Media & Sports
- Ski Jumping
Over the course of his career Eddie earned the following achievements:
- The first Team GB Olympic Ski Jumper
- Broke the British Ski Jumping record