An OBE for Eddie the Eagle Edwards.
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Eddie the Eagle Edwards had a dream to compete in the Olympic games. He didn't have any training, equipment, the right school tie or accent. None of that mattered or got in the way of his dream.
Eddie began jumping under the eye of John Viscome and Chuck Berghorn in Lake Placid, New York, using Berghorn's equipment, although he had to wear six pairs of socks to make the boots fit. He was disadvantaged by his weight—at about 82 kg (181 lb), more than 9 kg (20 lb) heavier than the next heaviest competitor—and by his lack of financial support for training—he was totally self-funded. Another problem was that he was very nearsighted wearing thick glasses under his goggles, which would mist up at altitude.
Eddie was informed of his qualification for the games while working as a plasterer and residing temporarily in a Finnish mental hospital due to lack of funds for alternative accommodation (rather than as a patient). He 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 ski jumping competition.
Eddie was the best ski jumper, albeit the only, in the United Kingdom, holding the British record of 73.5 m in one of his Calgary jumps in 1988
He is a giant among men. Proof that you can do anything if you don't give up the dream. Yes he came last. But he did it! He made Britian proud and is a fantastic ambasador for our country. In these days of massive wages for footballers, to do what he did with litrally nothing is just amazing. He is a fantastic role model for our children.
His determination and fighting spirit has never been recognised in the honours list. I feel an OBE for him is long overdue!
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