St. Onge places 4th in aerials finals
Teammate Peterson takes silver medal
February 26, 2010
Whistler, British Columbia — Ryan St. Onge, a 2001 Lowell Whiteman School graduate, was less than three points off the podium Thursday at Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, finishing fourth.
Teammate Jeret "Speedy" Peterson completed his famed Hurricane, a three-flip, five-twist maneuver, on his second jump to claim the silver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
"I'm ecstatic," Peterson said. "I've had trouble landing it this year. This is the best day of my life. I can't tell you — to finally land the hurricane in competition, especially in the Olympics, I'm not going to pick it apart."
Belarus' Alexie Grishin won the gold with a two-jump score of 248.41. Peterson scored 247.21, and China's Zhongging Liu took the bronze with a score of 242.53.
St. Onge, who was eighth after the first jump, scored 239.93.
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"It's great," said St. Onge, who competed in front of 9,000 fans. "I came out; I wanted to be solid, consistent. (My jumps) were both solid and what I came here to do."
St. Onge scored a 115.27 on his first jump, putting himself in a hole. He stuck his second, making things interesting, but it wasn't enough for a podium spot.
Despite finishing just out of the medals, St. Onge said he was extremely happy for Peterson, who has battled a plethora of problems in the past.
Peterson was asked to leave the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Italy after getting into a bar fight. He took time off, worked construction in Idaho and took advantage of the opportunity.
"I was abnormally calm," Peterson said. "I've been having fun, hanging out with my family. I couldn't have painted a better picture. As soon as I landed, I knew I was on the podium. It's a personal redemption for me. As much as I want to be a role model for kids, I do it for myself."