The Story of a Hurricane: Remembering Jeret Speedy Peterson

Posted By: on February 1, 2012 5:36 pm

The Visa International World Cup will kick off with events starting February 1st at the Deer Valley Resort in Utah. In honor of the lost star of the freestyle arena, Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, Deer Valley Resort will rename the freestyle tow lift “The Hurricane”. The tow is used to shuttle aerial athletes to the top of the ski jump for the International Ski Federation World Cup.

“The Hurricane” was the trademark name given to Peterson’s world record two jump score of 268.70 in January 2007, which consisted of three flips, and five turns. Peterson also won two of his seven World cups at Deer Valley and was also the 2010 Olympic silver medalist in freestyle aerials.

Peterson was one of the most popular athletes on the World Cup and known for his constant caring for his friends and fellow competitors. Immediately following the press conference in Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge, resort officials posted the sign at the bottom of the lift on the right side of the aerials jump. Friends and family have started The Speedy Foundation ( in his memory as a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding mental illness, preventing suicide and fighting stigma through education, research, and advocacy.

This sign in his honor is an extension of what The Speedy Foundation hopes to achieve. We’re hoping to never forget Speedy and to extend his vision. He suffered from depression and wasn’t one to hide from it. He battled it head on and wasn’t afraid to let people know it was something that needed to be dealt with and understood. His goals of spreading awareness and advocating for mental illness is something we’re embodying with The Speedy Foundation — The Speedy Foundation