When I heard the news my heart skipped a beat, I stopped breathing, I was stunned.
High level athletes often live life a bit differently from most people. The highs are higher, lows are lower. They live life near the edge. Unfortunately, the edge has two sides. No one knew this more than Jeret "Speedy" Peterson.
I don't think he realized that news of his death would spread around the world. I don't think he realized bold headlines would read "Olympic skier Jeret Speedy Peterson commits suicide." Unfortunately, the media is only interested in sound bites and they failed miserably at telling his story. Most people will never know what his life was about or what demons he faced. Thankfully, one writer captured
part of his story just over a year ago in Men's Journal.
I will remember Speedy because of the teenage gleam in his eyes when he began to realize he had enormous talent and could perform at the same level as the skiers he admired. I will also remember him because of this: