Deer Valley names tow lift after 'Speedy' Peterson

LYNN DeBRUIN AP Sports Writer Published:

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Jeret "Speedy" Peterson hailed from Idaho but Deer Valley Resort was a special place for the late freestyle skier.

It's where he landed his trademark Hurricane -- three flips and five twists -- for a world-record two-jump score of 268.70 in January 2007.

On Wednesday, Deer Valley officials renamed their unique freestyle aerials tow lift "Hurricane" in memory of Peterson, a 2010 Olympic silver medalist who committed suicide on July 25 at age 29.

Resort officials posted a memorial sign at the bottom of the lift on the eve of the Freestyle World Cup event that begins Thursday.

Friends and family have started The Speedy Foundation in his memory as a nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding mental illness, preventing suicide and fighting stigma through education, research and advocacy.