EVENT - FREESTYLE SKIING, AERIALS

HEIGHT  
5'9"

Birthdate: 1981-2011

OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2010 Olympic Winter Games - Silver medalist
  • 2206 Olympic Winter Games - Seventh
  • 2002 Olympic Winter Games - Ninth

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2003 World Championships - sixth
  • 2005 World Championships - 12th
  • 2006 Olympic Winter Games - seventh
  • 2007 World Championships - seventh
  • 2009 World Championships - eighth

PERSONAL

Peterson started skiing at age 7 near his hometown at Bogus Basin and was entrenched in aerials at 14. He picked up the nickname "Speedy" at a summer ski camp in Lake Placid in the mid-1990s because coaches thought he resembled the cartoon character "Speed Racer" with a big helmet. He won the 1999 U.S. Junior Championship and took bronze at two straight World Junior Championships in 2000 and 2001. His signature jump is called the "Hurricane," which he failed to land in Torino, dropping him from third to seventh. The next day, Peterson was sent home from Italy after a post-party fight.

In 2006, he organized a golf fundraiser for fellow Boise skier Dane Spencer, a teammate on the 2002 U.S. Olympic Team who was seriously injured in a downhill crash.

DID YOU KNOW...?

  • Bought teammate Joe Pack's Honda Shadow 750 motorcycle after the 2002 Olympic Winter Games
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