Eddie the Eagle is an underdog story, telling the tale of how Michael “Eddie” Edwards became the first Olympic ski jumper in UK history. Edwards persevered even when told that there was no way he’d make it, and he proved to be such an inspiration that his story is now being told on the big screen.
Edwards isn’t the only one who’s willing to keep trying even with the odds stacked against him, though. In promoting the upcoming film, Fox has cast the spotlight on another underdog trying for her time in the spotlight: Sadie D’Agostino, who’s now being referred to as Sadie the Eagle.
In a 5-minute featurette by Fox, viewers are introduced to Sadie and her quest to achieve her dreams as an Olympic snowboarder. The young girl from New Hampshire is attempting to qualify for Nationals in the clip, though her opportunities are limited; raised by a single mom and not always seeing ends meet at home, she just doesn’t have the money to pour in to traveling to qualifying events like some of the other competitors do. Down to her last chance for qualifying, she is determined to make a good showing for the judges and earn her spot among the Nationals competition.
The clip also shows Sadie and her mom getting the news from Eddie the Eagle star Taron Egerton that the film’s producers want to pay for her trip to Nationals. He lets her know that her drive and refusal to back down from the challenges facing her is a huge inspiration, and that everyone involved with the film wants to help her achieve her dreams. Perhaps the best part is when she and her mom decide that they want to watch the video of Egerton again after the news sinks in.
It’s fitting that Sadie’s story is being used to promote Eddie the Eagle, since her dreams parallel Edwards’ and she faces some of the same challenges. Edwards didn’t have the backing that most of the other competitors had, or the money to pay for expensive trainers and a coaching staff. He believed in himself, though, and Sadie has the same self-confidence that will hopefully take her far.
Even if Sadie never wins a gold medal, she’ll know that she didn’t give up when times were tough. That’s the big lesson of Eddie the Eagle as well; when Edwards finally competed, he came in last among all of the other competitors. He still won international acclaim, however, because even though he didn’t come out on top he still made it to the Olympics despite everyone telling him that he couldn’t. At the end of the 1988 games where he competed, Organizing Committee president Frank King even referenced Eddie in his statement during the closing ceremony: “At these Games, some competitors have won gold, some have broken records, and some of you have even soared like an eagle.”
Eddie the Eagle opens in U.S. theaters on February 26th, 2016.