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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Friday, 11 January, 2002, 11:53 GMT
British ski jumper gets Olympic nod
Britain's Pedersen in action
Pedersen has broken the British record
Britain will have its first ski jumper at the Winter Olympics since Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards grabbed the headlines in 1988.

Glynn Pedersen, a Canadian-born Brit, has been selected for the Salt Lake City Games by the British Olympic Association.

Pedersen, 20, is a promising ski jumper, having finished seventh and 16th in two Continental Cup events this season.

He broke James Lambert's 1994 British record earlier this season by jumping 85 metres in the K90 Continental Cup competition in Berchtesgaden.

He is focused on taking British ski jumping to a new level
Fiona McNeilly
His best K120 jump is 113.5m, achieved on the Olympic hill in Salt Lake City.

Simon Clegg, chief executive of the British Olympic Association, said: "I am delighted that Glynn has achieved the rigorous Olympic qualifying standard demanded by the BOA.

"For the first time since 1988, Great Britain will have a representative in the ski jumping competitions.

"The BOA's Olympic qualification standards are intended to produce Olympic athletes who are not only the best in this country but are competitive globally."

He is hoping to finish within the top half of the field at Salt Lake City.

Fiona McNeilly, operations director for the British Ski and Snowboard Federation, told BBC Sport Online: "We're confident Glynn can finish in the top 50% at the Winter Olympics.

Eddie the Eagle finished 55th in 1988
Eddie the Eagle finished 55th in 1988
"He is a credible athlete who has been competing at Continental and World Cup level this season."

She added: "Glynn is a young athlete who is improving all the time and has already broken the British record this season.

"He is focused on taking British ski jumping to a new level."

Pedersen was born and brought up in Canada to British parents. His mother is from Stirling and his father from Yorkshire.

Two years ago, Pedersen took a year out from competition to achieve the International Ski Federation's change in nationality criteria.

The last time a British ski jumper was seen at the Winter Olympics was in Calgary 14 years ago, when Edwards finished last in both events but became a national hero.

British ski jumper Glynn Pedersen
"I'd like to take British ski jumping to a new level"
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