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Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards returned to Calgary and jumped again at the Olympic Park, to the cheers of delighted spectators. Watch him jump here. NEW

He did it. 

Almost 30 years after the 1988 Winter Olympics, 'The Eagle' returned to the Calgary Olympic Park.

Eddie strapped on his enormously long Elan jump skis and got ready to jump.

The cheering crowds of adults and children lined the jump area chanting Eddie, Eddie, Eddie.

The Eagle took off......

.... then the Eagle landed.

And Phew!

We all breathed a sigh of relief.

 

Eddie gets kitted out with his long jump skisEddie gets kitted out with his long jump skis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading up ....Heading up ....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing to fly....Preparing to fly....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards did a few practice jumps on a shorter slope to the thrill of the crowd.

Wesley Savill from The Altius Nordic Ski Club, hosting the event, also invited youngsters, aged 8 to 12, to bring along their skis and helmets and join in too.

Eddie met the young boys and girls that took part in the open day.

Some of the 8 year olds were completely fearless.

Eddie - Thrilling the crowdEddie - Thrilling the crowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Barker from Kicking Horse Powder Tours was instrumental in bringing Eddie back to Canada for an exclusive week of skiing, dinners and hosted events organised by Kicking Horse Powder Tours as part of its Ski with The Pros programme. See more here.

He was at Calgary Olympic Park watching Eddie and took the Facebook Live footage below.

 

Prior to the event, Eddie commented that coming back would be emotional.

He said, “Coming here brings back so many memories of the Olympics back in ’88 and although we might not have the kind of crowds we did back then, the adrenaline will still be pumping as I launch myself down the ramp. Ski Jumping is still a passion and I’m really looking forward to giving it another go here, nearly thirty years on.

The TV cameras caught up with Eddie as he visited the ski resort of Kicking Horse on his brief tour of Golden.

From the clip below it is evident he had a Canadian fan club eager to meet him.

A lot of them turned up to watch him jump.

Later they met him for photgraphs and autographs.

 

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards at Calgary Olympic ParkEddie 'The Eagle' Edwards at Calgary Olympic Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We reported on Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards tour dates here. 

Visit Kicking Horse Powder Tours facebook page for additional information.

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