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Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards soars again

January 7, 2010 |  1:31 pm

Former Olympic ski jumper Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards carried the 2010 Winter Olympics torch today down the streets of Winnipeg, Canada. Fabforum

The British athlete, who gained a cult following during the 1988 Calgary Olympics despite coming in dead last, carried the torch for several blocks in frigid weather.

People honked their horns and shouted encouragement as Edwards passed.

Edwards told the Associated Press that carrying the torch was “almost as good” as jumping in Calgary more than 20 years ago.

He thanked Canada for including him in the celebrations for the Vancouver Games, which start next month.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards smiles as he passes the Olympic flame to Jennine Thaddeus in Winnipeg, Canada. Credit: David Lipnowski / Associated Press