Eddie the Eagle soars in Winnipeg

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Although not as an athlete, drywaller turned inept Olympic ski jumper Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards made a triumphant return to the winter games spotlight this week. Eddie, whose lack of skills helped him develop a cult following during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, carried the Olympic torch through Winnipeg Thursday.

Eddie was the only member of the British ski jumping team in 1988 and only avoided a last-place finish because another competitor broke his leg. He trained very little, self-funded his trip to Calgary and, because of his bad eyesight, competed with large aviator-style glasses -- a character that was hard not to like.

Eddie told the Canadian press he was looking forward to being part of the Olympic torch relay and hope he didn't drop it and trip over it.

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