Two Utah skiers qualify for 2010 Olympic Team

The following is an excerpt from an article published at

In front of cheering ski fans on Christmas Eve, two Utahns secured Olympic berths in the winner-takes all U.S. Olympic Trials for freestyle aerials skiing at Steamboat Ski Resort. Lacy Schnoor, who grew up in Draper, and Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Idaho native who now lives in Park City, beat out fellow teammates for the coveted spots on the 2010 Olympic Team.

“I can’t believe that I’m going to go to the Olympics and I can’t wait to represent our country. I hope I go out there and do well,” Schnoor said.

While it is a two jump contest with the scores combined, Schnoor dazzled with a double-full, full jump (two flips with two twists on her first flip and one twist on the final flip). She had performed the maneuver only five times on snow before winning with it.

“I am so glad I landed it,” she said. “The first one yesterday, I was nervous, but I’m actually more comfortable doing that trick than full, double full, so I’m glad I did it and I’ll be happy to continue doing it.”

A former U.S. champion, the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver will be Schnoor’s first Games. Originally a promising gymnast, she was intrigued with freestyle aerials when an Olympic outreach program came to her middle school prior to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Having been hooked by the rush of the high-flying acrobatic sport on skis, she has been training at the Utah Olympic Park ever since. In her sixth season on the national team, she has progressed up the sport’s ladder despite being sidelined from time to time with injuries. Accolades include a U.S. title, two-time World Championships team member (2007, ’09), a regular on the World Cup tour and now a spot on the 2010 Olympic Freestyle Team.

Last January Schnoor was the cover girl on Salt Lake Magazine and together with teammates part of an Apres Ski fashion shoot at Deer Valley Resort. Checkout the behind the scenes pictures from the session. She again is found gracing the pages of this January’s issue of the magazine in “Utah’s Olympians Among Us” article written and photographed well before Schnoor won on Thursday. Which begs the question, is the writer of the piece a fortune-teller or has he his finger on the pulse of the Olympics? Most likely a little of both.
Watch Schnoor as she talks about her win at Olympic Trials in the finish area.

Peterson, also known by his nickname “Speedy” – after the cartoon character Speed Racer, will be heading to his third Olympic Games. While he just returned to the United States earlier in the week from the opening World Cup competitions in China that included 35 hours of travel, he was happy to secure his Olympic spot.

“I’m really excited this time. It’s a lot more pressure than it ever has been before,” Peterson said. “I was really excited with my jumps today. It’s been a big hectic week traveling to and from China, so I am happy I could perform the way I did.”

He is known as a dedicated athlete and an innovator of the sport. He wanted to make the most of the opportunity the U.S. Olympic Trials presented. He did. Peterson not only secured a spot on the Olympic Team, he won the Trials with the third highest score of his career. However to secure the win, he did not compete with his famed “Hurricane” jump (five-twist, three-flip).

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