Friday 22 July 2016 by Gary Stanton

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards denied gold by Russian dope cheats


Eddie the Eagle

Ski jump ace Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards may have narrowly missed out on a gold medal because of Russian dope cheats.

Ski jump ace Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards may have narrowly missed out on a gold medal because of Russian dope cheats.

The Gloucestershire-born athlete says he didn’t stand a chance despite gruelling training sessions in the Cotswolds during the notoriously mild winter of 1987.

Experts say doping was rife at the 1988 Winter Olympics, which added to Edwards natural disadvantages of being blind as a bat and shit.

However, Edwards says he was feared by the Russians, who took a banned derivative of Lucozade Sport to beat his personal best by at least thirty metres.

The plucky Brit was beaten into tenth place by Russian team-mates Alexander Topalov and Yuri Karamazov, and a number of ‘clean’ competitors from countries with proper mountains.

Edwards said, “The Russian athletes were pumped up on Nandrothyacine, which banishes vertigo and allows you to jump one hundred metres into a blizzard.

“That said, it was tough-going and I was freezing my bollocks off.”

Edwards joins a number of high-profile Brits who have underperformed against the Russians, including chess grandmaster Nigel Short and comedy England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

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