Eddie The Eagle Family: Parents And Wife Of The Olympian

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Eddie The Eagle’s life is a compelling tale of a hero who confronted every challenge life presented him with for the sake of his family. Read till the end to learn about Eddie The Eagle Family. 

With an older brother and a younger sister, he is the middle child of his family. 

and he also has two lovely daughters. However, he is no longer with his wife anymore.

Eddie The Eagle Getting Ready to Start Skiing
Eddie The Eagle Getting Ready to Start Skiing (Source: TheSun)

Michael David Edwards, popularly known as Eddie the Eagle, is an English ski jumper and Olympian who became the first athlete to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping in 1988.

However, his performance was only satisfactory as he placed last in the Normal Hill and Large Hill competitions. He held the British ski jumping record from 1988 to 2001.

He also competed in amateur speed skiing, running at 106.8 km/h (66.4 mph). This feat helped him set a stunt jumping world record by jumping over six buses.

Eddie comes from very humble beginnings, as he did not even have money to train for skiing.

During those tough times, he even worked as a plasterer and had to sleep in a disused Finnish hospital for a short time so that he could save enough money to keep his Olympic dreams alive.

Eddie The Eagle Family: Parents And Siblings Of The Olympian

Eddie The Eagle was born into the family of his parents, Janette Edwards and Terry Edwards. His family would use his given name, Micheal, instead of Eddie. Eddie is something his schoolmates derived from his surname. 

Eddie’s father used to be a plasterer, and he was the one putting the bread on the family’s table. He had a mortgage to pay and looked after the family. So, he would always be out working. 

Eddie The Eagle With His Family In 1988
Eddie The Eagle Family In 1988 (Source: Twitter)

When Eddie was little, his father would usually be gone by the time he would wake up, and Eddie would be in bed by the time he came back. Sometimes, he would work on the weekend as well. 

This caused the Olympian to be closer to his mother as he saw her more. Both of his parents were very supportive towards his goals. 

They used to take him to the ski centers as much as it was feasible for the family. His parents also took him to racing competitions all over the UK.

Eddie says that his parents didn’t really know a lot about skiing they just wanted him to be happy. They also didn’t understand what it meant when their son participated in the Olympics.

It was only a couple of weeks later that they found out when he took them to a pub, and it erupted with cheers.

Eddie’s Rough Childhood

Eddie shared his childhood with his brother and sister as he was the middle child. Duncan, his brother, is 18 months older than him, and his sister, Elizabeth, is three years younger.

Edwards’s brother would always pick on him when they were younger. The Olympian claims that Duncan would be the one to always start fights, but he would always stand his ground. 

His sister, the youngest one in the family, was the princess or the boss among the siblings. 

Elizabeth would always be bossing the Olympian around on anything, and she would also tell him to stop fighting with Duncan. She would shout at her brother just like their mother would, and Eddie claims that she hasn’t changed on bit. 

Elizabeth is a teacher now, and Eddie says that she was born to be one.

Once, when the kids were playing at their dad’s construction site, they accidentally started a cement mixer.

Another kid had pushed his brother towards it, and Duncan’s T-shirt got caught in the crankshaft. It started twisting it around, and then it started twisting his skin.

Eddie says that this is one of his worst childhood memories. 

Eddie The Eagle Wife & Divorce 

In March of 2016, Eddie the Eagle announced his divorce from his wife Samantha to the world. They had been married for 13 years before the heartbreaking divorce. 

He met Samatha while working as a part-time radio presenter and studying for a law degree. The couple co-hosted the radio show. 

They got married in 2003 in a drive-through ceremony at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The couple later went on to have two daughters. 

Eddie The Eagle With His Ex-Wife Samantha
Eddie The Eagle With His Ex-Wife Samantha (Source: TheSun)

However, things took a turn for the worse when Sam revealed she intended to leave him after returning home after a TV interview in Germany.

He found it desperately hard as he especially missed reading his daughters’ stories when they went to bed, cooking their tea and their bathtime.

Eddie missed just being with his daughters, which was a very horrible situation for him.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who did Eddie The Eagle marry?

Eddie The Eagle was married to Samantha Morton for 13 years before they divorced in 2016. 

Bibek Dhoj Thapa
Bibek Dhoj Thapa

Bibek Dhoj Thapa

Bibek Dhoj Thapa is a seasoned sports journalist with a passion for uncovering the untold stories behind athletes' achievements. His articles offer readers a captivating glimpse into the world of sports, from the thrill of victory to the dedication and sacrifice required to reach the top.


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