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Eddie aims to be legal eagle
Eddie Edwards has graduated with a 2:2 from De Montfort University
Ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards has graduated from university with a law degree 15 years after soaring to fame at the Winter Olympics.

The 39-year-old former plasterer, who finished second-last at the Calgary Olympics in 1988, has spent the last three years studying law at De Montfort University in Leicester.

He achieved a 2:2 in his degree and, like many graduates, now plans to take a year out to consider his options.

Mr Edwards had been due to collect his law degree in Leicester this week, but had to graduate in absentia because of a scheduled operation.

Ski jumping hero

"I've been accepted to study the postgraduate Legal Practice Course but I've decided to take a year out before going back to study to think about my options," he said.

"The main reason I did the degree is because it opens up so many more avenues to me. I'm interested in the legal profession or possibly with the police."

Eddie Edwards during the Calgary Olympics
I'd like to settle down with a stable job that will provide for me and my family
Eddie the Eagle
Former Olympian

Edwards divided his time between student housing in Leicester city centre and the house he shares with his new wife, Samantha, in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

The couple were married in Las Vegas last month.

He added: "I really enjoyed being a student but now I'm married and have my degree, I'd like to settle down with a stable job that will provide for me and my family."

Mr Edwards still teaches and enjoys skiing and ski-jumping.

He competed for England in Calgary, impressing the crowd with his enthusiasm and courage.

But his results were less impressive as he finished 56th out of 57 competitors - the 57th was disqualified.

He has been in talks with major production companies and his colourful life story could be made into a film.

Edwards also had some success in Finland, where ski-jumping is popular - he recorded a song in Finnish in 1991 which ended up as number two in the charts.

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