Eddie the Eagle's Olympic jump recreated in giant ice sculpture

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Image source, Justin Scott / Martin Sharp

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The sculpture is the magnitude of a treble decker autobus and carved retired of 100 tonnes of snow

Two British snowfall sculptors going for golden successful an planetary contention person modelled their latest instauration connected skis jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards.

Yorkshiremen Justin Scott, 50, and Martin Sharp, 45, person turned 100 tonnes of the achromatic worldly into a tribute to the plucky Winter Olympian.

The brace person spent a week gathering the sculpture successful Austria's Tyrolean Alps.

They anticipation to fare amended than their latest muse, who famously finished past successful his event.

The duo person recreated Edward's celebrated bottom-ranked leap during the 1988 Winter Games successful Calgary.

Their artwork is the magnitude of a treble decker autobus and features the Olympic rings and occurrence with Edwards depicted successful mid-jump.

Mr Scott said Eddie "The Eagle" was "the lone choice" for the competition, which this twelvemonth has a wintertime sports theme.

"Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards came from a state with nary snow, managed to vie successful the Olympics and got the British satellite record," helium said.

"We've got obscurity to practise. We've got nary snowfall successful England. We virtually person 2 shovels with us. The remainder of the teams person astir 8 to 10 sculpting poles with assorted blades of antithetic shapes, truthful I deliberation we are not doing bad."

Image source, Justin Scott / Martin Sharp

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The brace person spent the past week carving the artwork successful the Austrian Tirol

The contention is being held successful Ischgl successful the Austrian Tirol, wherever snowfall ploughs were utilized to determination the mounds into spot earlier the sculptors got to work.

A victor volition beryllium decided connected Saturday and the sculptures volition stay until April.

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Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards became 1 of the best-known athletes astatine the 1988 Winter Olympics

Edwards, Britain's archetypal and astir celebrated Olympic skis jumper, was moving arsenic a plasterer successful Cheltenham erstwhile helium qualified, wholly self-funded, for the Calgary Games.

Despite coming past successful some the 70m and 90m events, helium achieved worldwide fame, with his communicative turned into a 2016 film starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.

Egerton besides portrayed Elton John, the taxable of the men's erstwhile sculpture, successful 2019's Rocketman.

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