Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, the high-flying freestyle skier whose silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics represented a triumph over the demons of his past, has died.
Officials said the 29-year-old Park City resident shot himself in the head in Lambs Canyon, east of Salt Lake City.
His body was discovered outside his car just off Interstate 80 at about 9:30 on Monday night, police in Salt Lake County said, after Peterson left a suicide note and called police to tell them his location.
"He called 911 and said he was going to kill himself," said Lt. Justin Hoyal, a spokesman for the Unified Police Department.
Peterson had been arrested in Idaho last week on alcohol-related charges, and had endured a troubled childhood as well as a well-documented battle with depression, gambling and alcoholism.
The three-time Olympian was famously sent home from the 2006 Turin Games in Italy because of a drunken street fight with a friend that followed his disappointing seventh-place finish in the aerials as the gold-medal favorite armed with a dizzying signature maneuver — the Hurricane.
Watch Peterson land the Hurricane in this video posted in 2007: