July 27, 2011
Olympic medallist 'commits suicide'
Olympic skiing champion Jeret Peterson has been found dead of an apparent suicide. He was 29.
The athlete's body was discovered near Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday night. He allegedly died from a gunshot wound.
Police confirm Peterson called 911 in the hours leading up to his death to warn them he was going to take his own life.
Lieutenant Justin Hoyal, a spokesman for the Unified Police Department in Salt Lake City, says, "He called 911 and said he was going to kill himself."
Police add that a suicide note was discovered close to his car.
His death comes after he was cited for driving under the influence on Friday in Hailey, Idaho.
Peterson won a silver medal in freestyle skiing aerials at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.