Jaret "Speedy" Peterson, 29, the colorful freestyle skier won took the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, was found dead in what is being called a suicide by police, according to the Associated Press.
Peterson's body was found late Monday night in Lambs Canyon between Park City, where the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team is headquartered and Salt Lake City, Utah. He reportedly called 911 before fatally shooting himself. Police said a suicide note was found alongside his body.
The AP reports that Peterson has had problems with drugs and alcohol in the past and had admitted to thoughts of suicide stemming from a troubled childhood. He had been cited for drunk driving near Sun Valley, Idaho, last Friday and had pleaded not guilty.
The skier is best known for creating what became known as the "hurricane" maneuver and many will not forget him walking off the Cypress Mountain course at the Olympics with tears streaming down his face.
"Today is a very sad day in our sport," U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association CEO told the AP. "Jeret ‘Speedy' Peterson was a great champion who will be missed and remembered as a positive innovative force on not only the sport of freestyle aerials, but on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team family and everyone he touched."