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‘Eddie the Eagle’ ski jumps in Calgary for first time since 1988 Olympics (video)

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“Eddie the Eagle” Edwards, the last-place British ski jumper from the 1988 Olympics, returned to jump at Canada Olympic Park for the first time since the Calgary Winter Games, according to CBC.

Edwards took two jumps each off 18-, 38- and 70-meter jumps on Sunday. His farthest jump was 24 meters (79 feet), according to Canadian media. Watch him jump off the 70-meter here.

“It’s always nice to come back to Calgary. It’s where I was born,” the 53-year-old Edwards said, according to CTV. “It’s where I became Eddie the Eagle.”

In 1988, Edwards, whose given first name is Michael, finished a distant last on both the 70- and 90-meter hills. His jumps on the 70-meter hill in 1988 were each about 55 meters.

Edwards surfaces every now and then in media and most recently and notably for a biopic, “Eddie the Eagle,” released last year, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. A trailer for that film is here.

Edwards was last in Calgary in 2008 for the 20-year anniversary of the 1988 Olympics, according to Canadian media. The Alberta city could bid for the 2026 Winter Games, in which case Edwards might return.

“I’ll be 60 [sic] then — maybe I’ll start training now and could actually be quite a good ski jumper by then,” he joked, according to Postmedia News.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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