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Eddie The Eagle using 17-year-old kit in jumping return

Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards has told ITV News he is "amazed" to be coming out of ski-jumping retirement.

"It's been 17 years since I put my jumping skis in my attic and I never thought I would ever use them again," he said.

But the Westcountry plasterer explained he had been approached by a company who would train and sponsor him to jump at an event on New Year's Day.

Eddie is insisting on using his old gear - made of leather, it requires dubbin wax to get rid of two decades of stiffening.

"I'd rather use the kit that I know and love and I'm used to, because trying to get used to new kit as well as going jumping as well might be a little bit too much," he said.

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is ready to soar again

Twenty-five years after shooting to fame as a figure of fun with the world's worst Olympic ski jump, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards is to make a comeback.

The Cheltenham-born plasterer has announced he is due to fly to Bavaria to take on the Garmisch-Partenkirchen New Year ski jump.

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is due to return to the slopes at a contest in Bavaria. Credit: DAVID LIPNOWSKI/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Edwards came last in the 70m and 90m ski jumps at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games but became a household name and the unlikely hero of that Olympiad.

Once contracts are confirmed, Edwards, who lives near Stroud in Gloucestershire with his wife and two children, will test the conditions at the venue before the competition starts.

Eddie 'The Eagle' photographed in 1988 ahead of the Winter Olympics in Calgary. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Edwards, who turns 50 tomorrow, told the Gloucestershire Echo that he plans to fly to Germany next week to try the jump for the first time.

"I'm still fit and in pretty good shape and I wanted to do it before it was too late for me physically," he told the paper.

"This will be my last chance to have a go and see if I can still do it.

"I've always had that 'have a go' spirit. It's not reckless because I think about the risk and every conceivable thing that could go wrong. I am nervous but also quite excited."