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Eddie the Eagle Edwards to appear in Channel Four show The Jump

By CitizenNews  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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Eddie The Eagle Edwards is due to return to our TV screens this month in a new reality winter sports show.

The 50-year-old veteran Olympic hero will coach contestants in The Jump, a Channel Four series which will put 12 celebrity contestants through some of the most challenging and dangerous winter sports.

The show comes before the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on February 7.

Eddie, who lives in the Stroud Valleys, said: “This competition is as much about mental strength as it is about physical agility.

“I know how hard it can be when the world is watching.

“I was there for the first day’s training on the ski jump. I was surprised by how frightened they were about doing 10, 20 and 40 metre jumps, which are designed for children, especially sportsmen like Darren Gough and Steve Redgrave.

“I’m hoping to do a 40 metre ski jump for the heats and possibly a 120 metre one for the final. It depends on how much training I get.”

Live shows start towards the end of the month and Eddie will be coaching and commentating.

Five time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave has been preparing for the challenge of a live Ski Jump, alongside the other competitors in the all-star line-up.

They also include ex-England cricket legend Darren Gough, comedian Marcus Brigstocke, broadcaster Anthea Turner and TV presenter Melinda Messenger.

The daring dozen will compete in winter sports including Skeleton, Bobsleigh, Speed Skating, Skier Cross and Slalom.

The contenders will be coached by Edwards, as each night, two of the celebrities will face a live ski jump to keep their place in the competition.

Eddie, a father of two, from Cheltenham, who won diving show Splash last year, and is due to take part in a number of TV shows in Germany, including a version of the show ‘I’m a Celebrity.’

He said: “I would need to learn a bit of German, though. Just a few phrases.”

There are also talks about a show where contestants descend a bob sleigh run in a wok.

He recently returned to the sport he loved at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen New Year’s Day ski jump – the second event in the Four Hills Tournament.

The married plasterer was due to be one of the fore-jumpers, but was told he would not be able to jump this year.

“I don’t know why that was,” said Eddie. “My agent in Germany is still trying to get to the bottom of it. I think they were worried because I hadn’t gone off a jump for such a long time.

“I’ve done 65,000 jumps.

“I went off a small jump instead but I signed lots of autographs and posed for photos, so it was nice.“

“I’m hoping they will let me do it next year instead. I would train for the whole year.”

Eddie won the hearts of the nation when in 1988, he stepped out onto the ski slopes of Calgary for the winter Olympics - the first Brit to compete in the ski jumping event.

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  • MrGarnet  |  January 11 2014, 9:44PM

    Have you ever achieved or done anything Glos_lad-plonker? You would not have the guts to do what Eddie did.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  January 10 2014, 10:59PM

    Look another flop, just like Tom Daley's Splash on ITV they put any rubbish on nowadays.