Eddie Edwards is not your typical child. Aspiring Olympian and holder of multiples personal best records, Eddie wants nothing more than to enter the Olympics. But before he does, Eddie must overcome a few challenges. Eddie's mother is unconditionally encouraging, while he father hopes Eddie will give up on the sporting nonsense.
Eddie Edwards, an aspiring Olympian and downhill skier, is told he won't be selected for the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Eddie's father tries to convince him to get a skill and earn a living instead. The social and economic divide between the wealthy and the working class is made apparent. That evening, with a little encouragement from his mother and an old poster, Eddie decides to take up ski jumping instead. Eddie visits the British Olympics Association to discuss qualifying.
Eddie attempts the 15metre jump and completes it first try. Encouraged, he moves onto the 40m, which proves a little more difficult. Undeterred, Eddie seeks advice from the Norwegian couch but receives only ridicule. The next day, Eddie buys himself a new set of skis and attempts the jump again. While lying at the base of the jump, he meets the local snow plougher, Bronson but soon learns of Bronson's Olympic history and tries to enlist him as coach.
Eddie shows Bronson that he has done his homework and can be quite persistent. The Norwegian team tease them both, and Bronson decides to fight back but is knocked out by their coach. Regaining consciousness, Bronson has a change of heart and takes Eddie to see the Norwegian training area. Later, Bronson shows off by tackling the 90-metre jump. Eddie is inspired and tries the 40-metre jump again, heeding Bronson's words.
Eddie tells Bronson he is going the Olympics, explaining they haven't updated the rules in 52 years. Bronson refuses to escort Eddie up the 70-meter slope, thinking he won't actually jump. At the top, Eddie slips and is badly injured in the landing. Feeling responsible, Bronson visits him in the hospital and notices Warren Sharpe's autobiography. As Bronson reads, he learns Sharpe considered Bronson his most gifted but disappointing jumper, because a true Olympian never gives up.
Bronson and Eddie begin training. Eddie makes the 61-metre minimum jump in a practice run but falls during competition. Eddie argues for a re-jump but is refused. That evening Bronson tells Eddie how proud he is of him. Defeated, Eddie leaves Bronson in the van to calls his mum to say he's coming home. The next day he learns the practice jump was recorded and he's going to the Olympics. Bronson and Eddie argue over the right time to enter the Olympics.
Eddie arrives at the Winter Olympics. Eddie's new teammates play a cruel prank on him, causing him to miss the opening ceremony. When questioned by the Team Officials, Eddie lies to save them from repercussion. In the change rooms, Eddie watches a competitor jump 114.2-metres, showing great pride and sportsmanship. Later, Eddie takes his first Olympic jump, recording a jump of 60.5-metres and a British Olympic record. Eddie's good-natured and joyful personality quickly becomes a crowd favourite.
Regardless of his personal success and British Olympic record, Eddie experiences the harsh and classist world of Olympics sports. Despite this, he discovers his unique performance and personality have found him fame. Seeking approval from Bronson, he realises he's let the media attention overshadow his Olympic dreams. That night, Eddie contemplates the 90-metre slope and his Olympic future. The next day Eddie holds a press conference, apologising for his antics and announcing his participation i
Bronson surprises Eddie as he contemplates the 90-metre slope. Eddie is surprised and Bronson tells him an old friend helped him see things differently. Eddie asks what happen Bronson's "other jacket", alluding to Bronson's alcoholism. Bronson tells Eddie that without the alcohol he was never brave enough to jump the 90-metre, but that Eddie has more heart, bravery and spirit than any of the other Olympians.
Bronson writes "EAGLE" on Eddie's helmet as he prepares for the big jump. Over the announcement, Warren Sharpe, Bronson's old coach, talks of his disappointment in Bronson. Off the drink, Bronson is determined to stay focussed on supporting Eddie. As Bronson drops Eddie at the lifts, Eddie reminds him things will be okay. In the lift, Eddie is given an unlikely pep talk from Matti Nykanen. Eddie lands a new personal best in front of an adoring crowd.
After narrowly completing the 90-metre jump, Bronson and Eddie share a victorious hug. Back in the change room, Warren Sharpe makes a surprise visit. Congratulating them both on their personal victory, he also admits he was wrong in his comment about Bronson's Olympic spirit. Archival footage of the closing ceremony shows the president of the Organising Committee reference Eddie Edwards' contribution to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. "You have broken world records, and you have established
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