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Hurricane Speedy: Jeret Peterson opens up

February 10, 2010 |  8:38 pm

Jeret Will he or won’t he?

Freestyle skier Jeret  “Speedy” Peterson said on Wednesday night that the plan – barring “nasty wind” – is to go for the Hurricane. His much-vaunted signature Hurricane is an aerial trick featuring three flips and five twists.

‘I plan on doing the Hurricane,” he said. “I want to be able to do that trick. I want to be prepared to throw it.… We won’t know until game day.”

“I have had an insane amount of things happen to me and I’ve been through a crazy whirlwind of a life,” he said. “I’m only 28 years old and I feel like I’ve had enough turmoil and drama for three lifetimes. It’s made me grow up and it’s really made me figure out what is important to me.”

Turin resonated with him – and the public.

“I’ve gotten all the hate mail from people that I could possibly get and gotten all encouragement from people I could possibly get,” he said.

-- Lisa Dillman

Photo: Jeret Peterson performs a jump during the men's freestyle skiing World Cup event in Calgary, Alberta on Jan. 10. Credit: Sean Kilpatrick / Associated Press