Skiing: US medallist Peterson commits suicide

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The Independent Online

Olympic freestyle skiing medallist Jeret Peterson has been found dead from a gunshot wound in Utah. The 29-year-old won silver in the aerials at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

Police said Peterson, found in a remote canyon east of Salt Lake City, had shot himself. He had been arrested on Friday in Idaho on a drink-driving charge.

Known for his trademark "Hurricane" jump, Peterson won the World aerials title in 2005.

The chief executive of the United States Ski team, Bill Marolt, said: "Jeret was a great champion who will be missed and remembered as a positive, innovative force on not only his sport of freestyle aerials, but on the entire US Freestyle Ski Team family and everyone he touched."