CALGARY, Canada — If there is 90-meter ski jumping in the Games, Great Britain's hapless Eddy Edwards will have a chance to participate. The International Ski Federation threatened to clip Eddy the Eagle's wings because officials feared he would injure himself.
But the chief of competition, Rob McCormack, said the decision belongs to Edwards.
"If we believe the situation for the jump would be dangerous for the Eagle, we'd sit down and discuss it with him," McCormack said. "But if he chooses to go beyond my recommendation, that's up to him."
Edwards said, "Come what may, I want to jump."
Add Eddy: Edwards' mother, Jeanette, said the worldwide media attention has worn out Eddy, whom she calls Michael.
"The British press are at it again," she told The Calgary Sun. "One paper has a story saying that Michael's girlfriend, Hannah Gratton, and Michael have had a row and that she's gone home.
"That's rubbish. Hannah is a wonderful girl, very warmhearted and sweet. It's true that she has signed a contract with another British paper for her exclusive story. But she regrets it."