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(Smithsonian Magazine)   1988: He first strode upon the icy slopes of our consciousness. Slightly-crossed eyes a fuzzy, hyperopic blue thru impossibly thick glasses, tongue thrust firmly into the frigid Calgary air... Where the hell's Eddie the Eagle Edwards these days?   (smithsonianmag.com ) divider line
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2014-02-12 08:06:39 AM  
paladin.busman.com

His new gig.
 
2014-02-12 08:15:25 AM  
Probably chillin in Jamaica with their bobsled team and Bob Dole.
 
2014-02-12 09:53:19 AM  
loveable, but missing a couple place settings
 
2014-02-12 10:03:54 AM  
Even after all these years, he remains on of my all-time favorite Olympians.

Katarina Witt is another, but for different reasons.
 
2014-02-12 11:00:50 AM  
I'm surprised he's still alive.
 
2014-02-12 11:03:33 AM  
he went on to have a successful career in a well liked Canadian TV show?

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2014-02-12 11:05:52 AM  
I always thought he was, uh, special, and that's why I was so impressed that he made it to the actual Olympics. I guess he's not, but he's still a pretty cool underdog story nonetheless.
 
2014-02-12 11:24:04 AM  

BobNesta420: I always thought he was, uh, special, and that's why I was so impressed that he made it to the actual Olympics. I guess he's not, but he's still a pretty cool underdog story nonetheless.


Not "special," just British.
 
2014-02-12 11:28:41 AM  

tulax: BobNesta420: I always thought he was, uh, special, and that's why I was so impressed that he made it to the actual Olympics. I guess he's not, but he's still a pretty cool underdog story nonetheless.

Not "special," just British.


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/obscure
 
2014-02-12 11:38:14 AM  
And the IOC took one look at him and set rules in place to prevent anyone like him from competing ever again.

Assholes.
 
2014-02-12 12:59:36 PM  
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2014-02-12 01:16:25 PM  

rjakobi: And the IOC took one look at him and set rules in place to prevent anyone like him from competing ever again.

Assholes.


You can't have amateurs at the Olympics. That should go without saying.
 
2014-02-12 01:42:04 PM  
No one brought up Ed Belfour yet?
 
2014-02-12 01:44:02 PM  

Pontious Pilates: tulax: BobNesta420: I always thought he was, uh, special, and that's why I was so impressed that he made it to the actual Olympics. I guess he's not, but he's still a pretty cool underdog story nonetheless.

Not "special," just British.

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/obscure


Isn't Charlize Theron from South Africa?

or am I missing the joke?
 
2014-02-12 02:17:45 PM  
TsarTom:

Holy crap, he's Barry Chuckle.
 
2014-02-12 02:42:49 PM  

rjakobi: And the IOC took one look at him and set rules in place to prevent anyone like him from competing ever again.

Assholes.


Not to worry - Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea picked up the torch (see what I did there?) in Sydney.

/really, what do we want to see at the Olympics - the world's best athletes, or some clown who wants to make a mockery of the whole thing?
 
2014-02-12 03:15:12 PM  

puckrock2000: rjakobi: And the IOC took one look at him and set rules in place to prevent anyone like him from competing ever again.

Assholes.

Not to worry - Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea picked up the torch (see what I did there?) in Sydney.

/really, what do we want to see at the Olympics - the world's best athletes, or some clown who wants to make a mockery of the whole thing?


Can you name a single gold medalist ski jumper from the Calgary Olympics without googling?  Eddie the Eagle (and the Jamaican bobsled team) are imprinted in my memory much more than any real athlete.

Why not let some loveable amateurs make it to the Olympics even though they don't have a chance at medalling?  They get weeded out early in the competition, and the real athletes move on to compete for the medals.
 
2014-02-12 03:35:55 PM  
Brokenseas:

Why not let some loveable amateurs make it to the Olympics even though they don't have a chance at medalling?  They get weeded out early in the competition, and the real athletes move on to compete for the medals.

Because in order to make room for those "lovable amateurs" (at least in the Summer Games), a real athlete would get shut out.
"Sorry, Gunther, you are the 2nd-best discus thrower in Deutschland, but there's this adorable kid from Bangladesh with a great backstory, so we're going to have to cut you."
 
2014-02-12 04:21:13 PM  

puckrock2000: /really, what do we want to see at the Olympics - the world's best athletes, or some clown who wants to make a mockery of the whole thing?


The point of the Olympics, as explicitly outlined in the Olympic charter, is for each country to send its best athletes. Whether or not those athletes are world class is completely immaterial. And neither Edwards nor Moussambani made a mockery of anything. Also Moussambani was given his slot by the world swimming federation. They allow any country that wants to, to enter one swimmer in the Olympics.

Because in order to make room for those "lovable amateurs" (at least in the Summer Games), a real athlete would get shut out.

Horse hockey and already some sports are doing that anyways. Which is irking plenty of people. Like how in track they've gone from having the top 4 in every heat advance, it's just the top two. So after a few rounds instead of having two semi-finals, you have four. Of course taking just two people from each heat reduces the number of heats, but it's not like the number of heats was ever actually an issue.
 
2014-02-12 05:48:24 PM  

ZMugg: Pontious Pilates: tulax: BobNesta420: I always thought he was, uh, special, and that's why I was so impressed that he made it to the actual Olympics. I guess he's not, but he's still a pretty cool underdog story nonetheless.

Not "special," just British.

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/obscure

Isn't Charlize Theron from South Africa?

or am I missing the joke?


You're missing the joke.  See Arrested Development.
 
2014-02-12 06:22:54 PM  

Craw Fu: ZMugg: Pontious Pilates: tulax: BobNesta420: I always thought he was, uh, special, and that's why I was so impressed that he made it to the actual Olympics. I guess he's not, but he's still a pretty cool underdog story nonetheless.

Not "special," just British.

[img.fark.net image 300x228]

/obscure

Isn't Charlize Theron from South Africa?

or am I missing the joke?

You're missing the joke.  See Arrested Development.


I loved AD and I still missed the reference.

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2014-02-12 09:58:54 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: You can't have amateurs at the Olympics.


wut?


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I tagged your comment as 'funny'. Hopefully that's how you meant it.
 
2014-02-13 08:19:22 AM  

puckrock2000: Brokenseas:

Why not let some loveable amateurs make it to the Olympics even though they don't have a chance at medalling?  They get weeded out early in the competition, and the real athletes move on to compete for the medals.

Because in order to make room for those "lovable amateurs" (at least in the Summer Games), a real athlete would get shut out.
"Sorry, Gunther, you are the 2nd-best discus thrower in Deutschland, but there's this adorable kid from Bangladesh with a great backstory, so we're going to have to cut you."


Except no, not at all. A kid from Bangladesh wouldn't stop a German from having a place. Each country has a quota. Eddie the Eagle was one of 58 competitors, you really think he was stopping someone else having a go? Also he was England's number 1 so deserved a place.
 
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