Michael Edwards, better known as 'Eddie the Eagle', has announced that he has boldly dusted off his skis in preparation for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which are less than six months away.
Eddie, who became the first man to represent Great Britain at ski jumping at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, said he felt 'a sense of responsibility' to keep the British sporting momentum driving forward by heading back up the slopes.
'Because of Andy Murray and the Olympics, the British are surfing the crest of a wave right now', explained Eddie. 'But as I quickly learnt on the ski slopes; what goes up, must come down - so I felt it best to offer my assistance by picking up where Seb Coe and Andy left off and putting myself forward to compete at the 2014 games in Sochi'.
Being the only man in sporting history to come disastrously last and record his country's best Olympic record simultaneously, Eddie has already qualified for next year's games, on the basis that he is one of only three British men to own a pair of skis.
Despite admitting to not having skied for over twenty years, Eddie explained that an hours sledging on a bin liner with his children in record snowfall earlier this year was enough to re-ignite the competitive-edge and die-hard spirit that first drove him to compete against the world's best in Canada over 25 years ago.
'Skiing is like riding a bike, only with skis' added Eddie, 'and being the only British man that can stand on skis without comically rolling down a hill moments later, I know I'm the only one for the job'.