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Eddie the Eagle: I’ll teach Tom to ski-jump

Eddie Edwards: Won Splash! 25 years after his Olympic fame. Picture: Getty

Eddie Edwards: Won Splash! 25 years after his Olympic fame. Picture: Getty

Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards has vowed to teach diver Tom Daley how to ski-jump – but says he will wait until after the Olympic diver goes for gold at Rio 2016.

Edwards shot to fame at the winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, in 1988 when he finished last in the 70m and 90m ski-jump events. But on Saturday night he swept to victory, at the age of 49, by winning ITV’s celebrity diving competition, Splash! under the guidance of heart-throb Daley.

Edwards said: “During the show he [Daley] mentioned I should take him for a ski-jump lesson – so he’s taught me to dive, I’ll try to teach him to ski-jump.

“I don’t think we’ll do it before Rio, because I wouldn’t want to break his legs!”

 

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