Image Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesNBC announcers said last night that Jeret ”Speedy” Peterson and ”the middle ground” don’t get along. And that’s great because Stud of the Day and non-awesome people don’t get along, either. Lucky for Peterson, his Hurricane maneuver during men’s aerials put him above the rest in our eyes and judge’s eyes, securing him a spot on our epic list and the silver medal.
A Hurricane is pretty simple to explain (ski jumpers have 3.5 seconds to complete three flips and five rotations in the air) but as of now, impossible for anyone other than Peterson to land. Last night’s successful completion of the trick was sweet redemption for Peterson, who came into this Olympics with a bit of a spotted history. His failed Hurricane attempt in Turin cost him a bronze medal. And just one day later, he was sent home early from the Games after getting into a bar fight — in his defense, where I come from we call that a Thursday night. For going all or nothing and for making this awful New York blizzard a little more tolerable with his Hurricane, today’s stud honor goes to Speedy. (Watch Speedy and Ryan St. Onge’s Colbert Report interview from Wednesday.)
Honorable mentions: Marie-Philip Poulin, a Canadian hockey player who lead her team to victory yesterday, earning the country its third straight gold in women’s hockey. Despite being essentially snubbed for coverage during prime time, we noted Poulin’s fierce determination, leadership role and two game-changing goals. Shout-out to NBC’s Mary Carillo, without whom we would never have TV-traveled into the wilds of northern Canada to learn about lumberjacks. And yes, Bob Costas quoted Monty Python after the segment. ”They’re lumberjacks and they’re okay.” Are you, OK, Bob?
WAIT! What about… skating? Oh, yes, that little (freaking awesome) thing. Read all about Kim Yu-Na, Mao Asada, and Joannie Rochette in Annie’s recap. Who was your Olympic Stud last night?