Michael "Eddie" Edwards didn't know what he was doing when it came to sports. The nickname Eddie "The Eagle" that he acquired later, is actually a sarcastic reference to his career. Let's just say, he wasn't first to be picked for any athletic team. Despite this downfall, Edwards vowed from an early age to be a contestant at the Olympics. Twenty five years ago Edwards decided, despite the laughs and embarrassing lack of experience, to try his hand at ski jumping at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary.
And now, there's a film about it:
So what in the world happened to this klutzy, stunted skier that led to this film starring big-wig actors like Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken?
Michael Edwards (played by Taron Egerton) became the definition of falling with style. Eventually, with the help of his down-and-out coach (Jackman), the "Eagle" landed in what is described as the most motivational and inspirational underdog story in Olympic history.
Need your own inspiration? See how others felt moved by the true events of the 1988 Winter Olympics:
"It's unbelievable! It'll never happen again. I thought I knew the story at the time; I didn't know the half of it."
"Really, it's a very inspirational, uplifting kind of story. You realize he (Edwards) is an every-man who's just dreaming big." -Hugh Jackman on Edward's story, via EW and ScreenSlam.
"Saw EDDIE THE EAGLE tonight! Probably the best underdog film I've ever seen." -Ryan Reynolds, via Instagram.
"He was slightly mad...in a brilliant way." -Taron Egerton, via ScreenSlam
"The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." -Pierre de Coubertin (father of modern Olympics), via IMDb.
"The failures are the people who never get off their bums. Anyone who has a go is a success.” -Edwards, via Smithsonian Magazine.
An onlooker asks: “How do you like to be called? Eddie Edwards? Eddie the Eagle? Mr. Eagle?”
“Doesn’t matter. Over the past 25 years, I’ve been called all sorts of things."
-Edwards, via Smithsonian Magazine.
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