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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 07:38 GMT 08:38 UK
How to blog your way into the Olympics
By Chris Charles

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards
Can Jonathan emulate the Eagle?

As the inquest into the poor performance by British athletes in Melbourne continues, an out-of-condition 30-something is quietly planning his bid to steal the show at the 2012 Olympics.

Jonathan Phillips, a penpusher from Bristol with "limited sporting talent", is looking to compete in London for whichever country is brave enough to take a gamble on him - and raise 1m for charity in the process.

Phillips has set up a blog entitled 2012 Olympic Competitor, where he keeps readers informed of his progress and invites them to send in suggestions for a sporting discipline he could pursue - preferably something that does not involve wearing a leotard.

The 33-year-old, who is keeping his appearance under wraps for the time being, came up with the idea during a drunken night out last October - and, while his friends quickly fell by the wayside, he decided to pursue it.

Phillips told BBC Sport: "I started firing off a few emails to different countries and it snowballed from there. The Department of Sport in Liechtenstein were the first to respond and that got me motivated to continue.

"I quicky realised it was unlikely I would be able to compete for Great Britain because the Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, has already said he doesn't want to see any more Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards at London 2012.

"So the plan is to find a country who will support me by giving me a place in their team. In return, some of the money I raise could go back into that nation."

The chances of me being able to compete at the very highest level when I'm nearly 40 are a lot slimmer than I am
Jonathan Phillips

Phillips plans to raise the million through corporate sponsorship, while using his own money to buy the essentials needed to train for his chosen event.

"Some sports use very little equipment - a pair of running shoes and some shorts - although I may be in trouble if I find myself needing to buy a yacht," he admitted.

"At the moment, archery is favourite. The last time I picked up a bow was about 20 years ago, but in a small nation like Monaco, there's a chance that I'm already their best archer - and I can only get better in the next six years.

"Realistically, the chances of me being able to compete at the very highest level when I'm nearly 40 are a lot slimmer than I am, but I hope any nation that decides to give me a chance takes it in the right spirit."

If he does get the opportunity, there is a very real possibility that Phillips would have to move to his adopted country to qualify via residency.

"I'm looking at ways to get around having to live somewhere like the Cook Islands or the Marshall Islands for three years," he said. "Mind you, I can think of a lot worse places to live."



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