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Jeret “Speedy” Peterson Gone Too Soon

It is with great sadness that Full Tilt Team Member Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, a three-time Olympic aerialist who won a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver games, died Monday night the 25th of July in what Utah police believe was an act of suicide. Peterson 29, had gone through some difficult experiences and publicly battled alcohol addiction and depression. Despite this personal battle, Jeret lived life with gusto: with his heart on his sleeve and skied as if it was his last jump.

“His care and concern for others made him the amazing person he was and I hope to be able to carry on that legacy wherever I go,” fellow US Olympic aerialist and Full Tilt skier Emily Cook said.

Peterson picked up the nickname Speedy, for Speed Racer, as an 11 year old training in Lake Placid, New York. In 2004, he pioneered a complicated, five-rotation jump called the Hurricane, the same maneuver that would later net him the Olympic silver in Vancouver. Peterson was the victim of sexual abuse as a child, and had witnessed a close friend commit suicide in 2005.

Despite incredibly tough setbacks in life, Jeret still managed to become a shining light in not just the aerial but the entire ski community. His passion for the sport and guts to throw difficult tricks inspired us all to push ourselves beyond what we thought was possible. Even if it meant missing a high risk trick and not winning, it was still worth it in Speedy’s eyes.

“Could you imagine if I decided to go step down to an easier trick and I was only giving 90 percent and I ended up second? I couldn’t live with that. I would definitely have to know that when I’m done, medal around my neck or not, that I gave everything I had. If everything clicks, I’d just beat everybody by a mile, and that’s what I’m looking for.”

Read more at CNN

Visit and Donate thespeedyfoundation.org in helping others with Mental Health

Take a moment to watch this tribute to Speedy

Full Tilt Boots on NBC

NBC covered Full Tilt Boots citing the advantages of our original 3-piece shell design and function. With over 30 athletes wearing the boot, a silver medal in men’s moguls and a sweep of the men’s and women’s aerials podiums the boot that has proven it’s advantages time and time again didn’t disappoint in Vancouver.

“Speedy” Lands Hurricane for Silver Medal

After winning the Silver Medal in the Men’s Aerials in Vancouver, Jeret “Speedy” Peterson is becoming a household name along with his famed “Hurricane”. The Hurricane is extremely difficult, and Jeret is still the only person who has ever landed or even attempted it in competition. It involves one twist on the first backflip, three twists on the second, and one more on the final backflip

Here is a failed attempt at the Hurricane. Still no shin bang in those Full Tilts!

Not only did Jeret land the Hurricane in competition in Vancouver, it catapulted him deep from fifth place to the podium. A feet which is almost unheard of in one run.

For more reading about the event and Jeret, check out these articles:

NY Times Article

Men’s Journal Article