Jeret “Speedy” Peterson

July 28, 2011 on 10:38 pm | In Holiday drinking, Law, Uncategorized, abuse, alcoholics, alcoholism, binge drinking, codependent, domestic abuse, drinking, drugs, drunk, elder drinking, marijuana, police, probation, recovery, underage drinking | No Comments


What a talented young man he was. Here’s the headline:

(Reuters) – Olympic silver medalist skier Jeret “Speedy” Peterson has committed suicide near Salt Lake City. Peterson, 29, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday night, shortly after he called emergency dispatch to say he was going to kill himself.
He was a silver medalist in the men’s freestyle aerials competition at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Peterson’s body was found beside his vehicle on a road just outside Salt Lake City.  Police said he left a suicide note, but they declined to reveal the contents of the message.

Peterson’s death on Monday came three days after the Olympic athlete was arrested in Idaho on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving. He was released from the Blaine County Jail in Idaho after posting $500 bail.

He failed three field sobriety tests, including a walk and turn and a one-leg stand, according to a police report.

Peterson pleaded not guilty in paperwork filed by his attorney to the charge of driving under the influence and the speeding citation.

Peterson gained the nickname “Speedy” because coaches thought he resembled the cartoon character “Speed Racer” when wearing his helmet. He invented his signature jump the “Hurricane,” a five-twist and three-flip maneuver that landed him the silver medal in Vancouver.

Peterson’s behavior at times got him in trouble with the law and sports officials. In 2006, he was sent home from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, after a fight, according to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

“Speedy’s” death, on the heals of Amy Windehouse’s death reminds me of what some old drunk told me years ago about alcohol being an equal opportunity destroyer.

If you’re like “Speedy,” Amy and me, find yourself in a little trouble, often. It’s time for a self analysis.

Do something about it before you waste away your life like me and millions of others who have our disease.

God rest “Speedy” and Amy’s souls.

“Hoot” Hooten

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