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U.S. Olympic Skier Commits Suicide In Utah

7/26/2011 4:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jeret "Speedy" Peterson -- who won a silver medal for freestyle skiing for the U.S. in 2010 -- has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Utah ... officials have confirmed.

Jeret Peterson Suicide
Salt Lake County Unified Police told KTVB ... Peterson called cops to tell them where he was before he shot himself.  His body was discovered late Monday night.

Peterson was arrested last week in Idaho for speeding and DUI.

Jeret was a 3-time Olympian -- competing in 2002, 2006 and 2010 in Vancouver.

He was 29-years old.

Jeret was famous for his sick signature move called "the Hurricane" -- 3 somersaults and 5 twists. 072611_speedy_peterson_v2_still

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Those who can't understand why someone would commit suicide, have not known the the utter mental pain that a person can be in.

Maybe it is selfish of a person to commit suicide, but is it not selfish of those left behind to demand that the person continue living in such tremendous pain for their sake?

And yes, there is help out there, but it helps if you have a support system in place, and also money to afford the therapy that is so needed.

Being abused as a child, and living through things like Speedy did, are not easy things to overcome. The effects change everything in a person's life.

My heart grieves for anyone who felt that they could no longer stand the pain in their life, and so ended it.

RIP Speedy. I'm glad you're no longer in pain. Condolences to your family.

1181 days ago


Such a shame. Another life extanguishes. All I'm gonna say is, sometimes life is too hard for some people to handle, so their one solution is to put themselves to sleep for eternity, without the hardships found in life. Everyone is unique, different strengths found within themselves. So, ya'll might hate and talk **** about this guy. Yeah, keep making yourselves ********. Think you the "man". Rest in Peace Jeret. Ignore the ******** here. Some people have enough sense to atleast try to understand.

1181 days ago

b bryan    

i pray god will have mercy on his soul at judgment for you don't know clearly what your actions are until you cant take them back

1181 days ago


I spent some time in Utah on a business trip once, and, yeah, I wanted to kill myself too. Most. Depressingest. Place. Ever.

1180 days ago


Steve Turley serves as the at-large councilman for the City of Provo, Utah. For those unfamiliar with Provo, Utah, it is the home of Brigham Young University and arguably the most Mormon city in the world! http://www.moneyteachers.org/Utah+Sheep+Slaughter.html

1180 days ago
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