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Eddie the Eagle trailer shows tree-covered mountains at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park

He jumped to world-wide notoriety during the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, but don't expect to see much of the Prairie city in the new biopic motion picture about Britain's best-known ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards.

Calgarians may want to lower expectations of city vistas in Hollywood's version of famous ski jumper's story

The Eddie the Eagle trailer features tree-covered mountains in the background in many of the Calgary scenes. (YouTube Screengrab)

He jumped to world-wide notoriety during the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, but don't expect to see much of the Prairie city in the new biopic motion picture about Britain's best-known ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards.

Released this week, the trailer for Eddie the Eagle depicts Edwards' unlikely rise to fame for finishing a distant last at the Calgary Olympics in 1988.  


Set for release next year, the comedy reportedly portrays Edwards' determined efforts to become the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping

Welsh actor Taron Egerton portrays the young Edwards in the film, while Hugh Jackman plays his mentor.

Edwards was a crowd favourite at Canada Olympic Park (COP) during the '88 Games with many chanting "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie" as he competed in Calgary.

Frank King, the head of the Olympic Organizing Committee, even highlighted Edwards during the closing ceremonies.

"At these Games, some competitors have won gold, some have broken records, and some of you have even soared like an eagle," said King.  

This is what the COP tower in Calgary looks like in the movie Eddie the Eagle. (YouTube screengrab)

The trailer supposedly shows the British athlete competing at an '88 Olympic ski jumping venue nestled amidst tree-covered mountains.

The site for ski jumping at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games, however, is 15 minutes from downtown — and not in the mountains.  

According to the Internet Movid Database (IMDb), Eddie the Eagle was filmed in Bavaria, Germany.   

Edwards, who is now 52 and lives in Gloucestershire, England, told the BBC in a recent interview that "only about 5 per cent" of the film about his life is true.

Still, the former ski jumper told the British public broadcaster that the filmmakers have "done a very, very good job."

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards was a crowd favourite at Canada Olympic Park during the '88 Games with many chanting "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie" as he competed in Calgary. (YouTube screengrab)

Much of the buzz about the film in the U.K. has focused on how much the actor playing Edwards looks like him.  

Edwards told the BBC that it is "uncanny" and Egerton "got my mannerisms and everything else just right."

He only competed at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. After Calgary, Olympic officials established the so-called "Eddie The Eagle Rule," ensuring all future Olympic competitors are top athletes.

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