Lad emulates his hero Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards — by ski-jumping in garden

A LAD emulates his hero Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards — by ski-jumping in his garden.

George Brown, 13, wants to be in the 2026 Olympics and practises on a slope set up by caterer dad Stuart, 46.

The Brummie teen said: “I’m preparing for when I can actually ski again.”

It got the thumbs-up from Eddie, 57.

He said: “It’s important to have that ‘never give up’ attitude.”

After taking up the sport five years ago, George is now the country's top skier in the under-14 category.

George said: "I'm trying to imitate as best as I can the things I can't actually do at the moment like ski on slopes.

"I do miss competing a lot because that's what we train for.

"My dream is to get to the top, but I obviously can't get there without hard work.

"I've always been into athletics and gymnastics but it was after watching the Eddie the Eagle movie that I really got inspired to become a top ski-jumper."

Eddie was the first competitor in 60 years to represent Britain in Olympic ski-jumping in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

He finished last out of 73 jumpers but he made headlines around the world with his wide-grin and comically large glasses.

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