Eddie the Eagle wins Splash!

Published Sunday, 03 February 2013
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Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards may have become a figure of fun with his Olympic ski jump efforts, but now he's celebrating success as the winner of ITV's celebrity diving show Splash!

Eddie the Eagle wins Splash!
Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards wins celeb diving show Splash! (© ITV)

The 49-year-old wowed the judges and the voting public alike to triumph over second-placed Bermuda actor Jake Canuso and Changing Rooms star Linda Barker in third.

A series of painful belly flops during training meant it hadn't been an easy week for Eddie, as he lost his confidence.

But the Eagle landed perfectly with his first dive and took a maximum 30 points for the two-and-a-half somersault from the 10 metre board.

"You just need to master hang gliding and you could be the next Milk Tray man," judge Jo Brand told him, after his flawless performance.

Andy Banks, who guided the career of Olympic bronze winner Tom Daley - the participants' mentor - told him: "That was more than special - you nailed it."

There was more still to come though and Edwards' final attempt - an inward one-and-a-half pike synchronised dive with Daley - saw him score 29 out of a possible 30, taking his total to 59 out of 60.

Barker, 51 - wearing a fetching pink bikini and "doing it for the girls" - pushed the ex-ski jumper close, as did muscle-bound Canuso who, for his first dive, performed a tough handstand off the 10 metre board.

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