From The Denver Post:
"Jeret "Speedy" Peterson's life was defined as much by the chances he took as the things that he won.
He walked into a Vegas casino with a few grand he couldn't afford to lose and left with a cool half-million he later threw away.
He regularly soared off a ramp, 50 feet into the frigid air, and tried the "Hurricane"—a trick nobody in a sport full of daredevils would even consider.
He branded himself as a free spirit, a lone wolf and a bit of a cowboy, then dared people to come inside and learn the real truth, even when it wasn't so comfortable to hear.
Peterson was found dead Monday night. Police ruled it a suicide, saying he called 911 before shooting himself in a remote canyon in Utah. He was 29. His death came a few days after the freestyle skier, who had admitted he battled depression and alcohol problems, was arrested for drunk driving in Idaho. A year earlier, a few days before he won the silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics, Peterson said he had given up alcohol."