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Eddie the Eagle, the ordinary-guy Olympian, takes flight again

Eddie the Eagle, the ordinary-guy Olympian, takes flight again

At the 1988 Winter Olympics, a British construction worker of modest talent named Michael Edwards decided to hurtle himself hundreds of feet down a ramp at 60 mph and then hundreds of feet more through the air.

The setting was the 90-meter ski-jump competition, and a medal was about as close as the moon. But Edwards' spirited performance at those Calgary Games earned him a raft of media coverage and the sobriquet Eddie the Eagle, a living viral video long before the age of YouTube.

Neither he nor the sports-broadcasting world would ever be the same.

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