(Warning: Potential SPOILERS below. Though the information presented is historical in context, so proceed at whatever level of caution you feel is appropriate.)
After seeing the inspiration that is Eddie the Eagle, it got me thinking: Did Eddie the Eagle ever win an Olympic medal? After learning how Eddie never gave up, I was curious to know if his determination carried him to the gold. Clearly, he wasn't a very good athlete in terms of skill, but he more than made up for that in heart. Eddie the Eagle is truly the definition of an underdog. You can't help but root for him, even if you know he can't win. So if watching the film inspired you as much as it did me and you would like to know more about this "heroic failure" here are some details about what happened after the movie!
Unfortunately, the 1988 Winter Games (the first he competed in), were the last games Eddie qualified for. In the effort to make sure all athletes were safe and qualified, the Olympic committee revamped the requirements for getting in. What would later become known as the "Eddie 'The Eagle' Rule" the new guidelines set out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) required that all contenders must compete in international events and be placed in the top 30 or 50%, whichever is fewer. So unfortunately, Eddie's first 90m jump would also become his last Olympic jump.
Even though Eddie never went back to the Olympics, he did continue to compete in Skiing competitions. He currently holds the world record for stunt jumping, having jumped over ten cars and six buses! A fact taken out of the movie to make the underdog story a little more enticing was that Eddie represented Britian in the 1987 World Championships and ranked 55th. In competition he was also ranked as the 9th best amateur speeder skier in the world. Back in 2010 Eddie was also chosen to be a torchbearer for the 2010 Winter Games held in Vancouver, Canada.
What About His Coach Bronson Peary?
Hugh Jackman's character Bronson Peary was one of the best parts of the movie. He was a man in need of redemption and gave the movie some of its funniest lines. It might be disappointing to learn that the American skier was completely fictional. In real life, nobody by the name of Bronson Peary ever trained or encountered Eddie the Eagle. Though there was rumor early on in production that Jackman would be playing Eddie's American coach Chuck Berghorn of Lake Placid, New York, the character he did end up playing was one created solely for the movie.