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No holding back for Peterson

Updated: February 23, 2006, 6:21 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

SAUZE D'OULX, Italy -- Jeret "Speedy" Peterson is a gambler in every sense of the word, and the Olympics didn't change his thrill-seeking attitude one bit.

Last summer, he turned $5,000 in savings from his job at Home Depot into a $200,000 windfall on the blackjack tables of Las Vegas. On Tuesday night in Sauze d'Oulx, he took the ultimate gamble, throwing a trick with a 4.9 degree of difficulty -- the highest in aerials skiing and a full quarter-point more difficult than any trick thrown ...

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