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Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound

In this Feb. 26, 2010 file photo, Jeret Peterson, of the United States, holds his silver medal during the medals ceremony for the men's freestyle skiing aerials at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Utah police say Peterson has killed himself in an isolated canyon. The Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake said Peterson called 911 before shooting and killing himself on Monday evening, July 25, 2011. (AP Photo / Gerry Broome)
In this Feb. 26, 2010 file photo, Jeret Peterson, of the United States, holds his silver medal during the medals ceremony for the men's freestyle skiing aerials at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Utah police say Peterson has killed himself in an isolated canyon. The Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake said Peterson called 911 before shooting and killing himself on Monday evening, July 25, 2011. (AP Photo / Gerry Broome)

Idaho Olympic skier Jeret "Speedy" Peterson reportedly is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Utah. Peterson, who won the silver medal in aerials at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, had just pleaded not guilty to a DUI offense in the Sun Valley area after an arrest there Friday; KTVB-TV has a full report here. Here's a link to a Deseret News story on Peterson's 2010 Olympic triumph, in which he talks about his troubled past and the transformative power for him of the remarkable aerial twists and flips that won him the Olympic medal. Here's a link to his TeamUSA profile, which notes he started skiing at age 7 at his hometown ski resort, Bogus Basin. This Men's Journal article from February of 2010 tells of his life struggles and his triumphs.
 




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