A three-time Olympian, Jeret “Speedy” Peterson grew up in Boise, ID, skiing at nearby Bogus Basin. As an athlete, he was successful at the highest level of his sport, winning an Olympic silver medal at Vancouver in 2010 and capturing the hearts of fans worldwide with his trademark quintuple twisting triple flip, “The Hurricane.”
As a person, he was always known as someone who looked out for others and cared deeply for his family and friends. In his athletic career he won a U.S. Junior Championship as well as the 2005 season-long FIS World Cup title. In 2007 he set a world record score of 268.70 at Deer Valley Resort, which is not likely to ever be broken. As a young athlete, coaches gave him the nickname Speedy for the cartoon character Speed Racer with his big helmet and his flair for moving around quickly. While a loving, caring outgoing young man, Jeret also battled depression and took his life in July, 2011 at the age of 29.
Today, in the spirit of Jeret’s own passion of giving to others, The Speedy Foundation was founded by his family and friends. The Speedy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Speedy Foundation proceeds support education and outreach to help educate young athletes and their peers as well as engage with advocacy groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to increase awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention.