Olympic skier who commits suicide had a life of highs and lows


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  • Riles Midway, UT
    July 28, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    I honestly didn't expect anyone to listen...so hats off to whoever changed the mugshot to a picture of Speedy in victory. Much better.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    July 27, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Sad, sad story. Condolences to his family.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 27, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    Riles: What else do you expect? This is what the d-news has become....a churchier version of Faux News.

  • runwasatch Ogden, UT
    July 27, 2011 11:00 a.m.


    The greatest public successes and accolades cannot fill the void of a troubled, abusused, and lonely childhood.

    May God bring peace to his soul...

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    July 27, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    Although I feel for Speedy and all he went through, did he ever get the psychological help he so desperately needed? It almost sounds like he had manic depression, not just the "normal" depression. His actions were screaming for help. People with mania tendencies need psychological counseling and medication to correct the imbalances of their lives.

  • Riles Midway, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Seriously Des News?!? A mug shot is all you could find for an olympic silver medalist? Thumbs down.

  • Mr. Moots Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    This country did not fail Speedy. Give me a break.

    If anything we gave him more than most.

    It seems like very few people want to be held accountable for their own actions these days.

    Stop doing drugs and drinking. It doesn't seem to be helping anyone's life.

    If you continue to make those choices and it doesn't make you happy. Then please don't blame our Country.


  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    July 27, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    These bold and daring kids spend their lives taking risks -- and there's no recognition of the linkage between what makes them winners and other risk-taking behavior.

    How many times have we heard of an athlete going to rehab?

  • Mrclark Leesburg, VA
    July 27, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    Can we get a more compassionate picture of Jeret for this story?

  • Love Utah Draper, UT
    July 27, 2011 6:24 a.m.

    It's a tragedy that someone who is so successful for our country, is also failed by our country, by the inability to recognize and help him rid his demonds. RIP Jeret.

  • NewYorker NEW YORK, NY
    July 27, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    I'm sorry to hear about Speedy's death. I've had depression all my life. You have to live with it. I'm sorry Speedy. I hope you are in a better place.

  • Linda A Orem, UT
    July 26, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    Sometimes the demons are just too strong. I hope Jeret is now at peace.