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"George Clooney" of ski world Eddie Edwards admits he was a ladies man

By EchoJoe  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

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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."

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  • verysceptical  |  December 28 2013, 10:15PM

    Another "story" straight out of the tabloid pages of the Daily Misogynist.,..sorry Mail.

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