famously known as Eddie the Eagle – is on fire: the Hollywood biopic about Eddie’s dream to become the first ski jumping athlete representing Great Britain has now premiered globally, and he is returning to winter sports. This time, though, he was not wearing skis. Instead, Eddie tried out something different: tobogganing.
Eddie the Eagle is a man who enjoys a new challenge, so much so that he was willing in 1988 to launch himself off a ski jumping ramp with practically no experience or training. Now almost thirty years on, he has embraced a new challenge: jumping as far as possible on a sledge.
Before setting off on his first jump, he appeared rather confident: “It’s a toboggan – how dangerous can it be?”. After a few tries, however, he quickly came to realize that mastering the ramp set out especially for him was not as easy as it initially seemed. But he was still determined to achieve the longest toboggan jump possible: “I’m the Eagle, I can fly” was his motto throughout the attempts.
But it was not all hardship, as Eddie explained: “Beautiful and free. That’s what you feel like as you’re tobogganing and flying through the air. There’s no feeling like it.”
His persistence and strenuous practice paid off. Now coming to grips with gathering speed and maintaining his balance in the air, Eddie eventually completed a huge jump of over 10 metres in length. However, ever the competitor, this is barely good enough for Eddie: “With the right set up, we could easily clear 20m on the toboggan – heck, I’ll even throw in a 360º!”. This may just be his next feat.
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