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

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.

Idaho Olympian to fight DUI charge

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. aerial freestyle skier from Idaho has pleaded not guilty to speeding and drunken driving charges after his arrest Friday. Through his attorney, Jeret “Speedy” Peterson filed paperwork indicating he'll challenge his arrest after police say he raced through Hailey, Idaho at three times the speed limit. Peterson failed field sobriety tests but refused a blood-alcohol test. He's since been released from Blaine County Jail. Doug Nelson, his attorney, didn't return a phone call Tuesday. Peterson, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, was dismissed from the 2006 Turin Olympics after a drunken brawl. In 2009, he was cited in Boise for public urination. And in 2005, Peterson was charged with breaking into a home and stealing weapons. He pleaded guilty after felony charges were reduced.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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