He might seem like an unlikely Don Juan figure – but former Olympic ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards claims he was the “George Clooney” of the skiing world during his heyday.
The 50-year-old, who lives at Woodchester, Stroud, and was born in Cheltenham, raised eyebrows when he admitted women used to queue up outside his bedroom during his ski-jumping career.
The star, who won diving TV show Splash last year, was talking ahead of his plans to jump again on New Year's Day in Germany – 25 years after finishing last at the 1988 Olympics and becoming a global symbol of the plucky underdog.
He told Germany's Bild newspaper: “I was the George Clooney of the ski business.
“Other athletes were always so stressed and wound up, but I was relaxed and cheerful, and that meant I had the female fans standing in line to be with me.
"Why not? I was single at the time and didn’t live the life of a monk.
“I could have had a lot more groupies in my hotel room than I did, but to be honest I wasn’t up to it. I couldn't manage that many. What was on offer was more than my ability to satisfy it.”
The star said he had no qualms over not being taken seriously as a skiier.
“I don't care," he added. "I was the best ski jumper in the United Kingdom.
"It was clear I wasn’t going to break any records. I was ten pounds heavier than everyone else. The athletes then were emaciated to the bone."