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Mac Bohanan has Speedy on his mind for Aerials

Around the Games: Day 0 - Winter Olympic Games

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: United States Aerials athlete Mac Bohonnon attends a press conference at the Main Press Centre during previews ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — If the conditions are right, American freestyle skier Mac Bohonnon will pay tribute to one of his sport’s most fascinating and beloved characters. And if that goes well, he might find himself with an Olympic medal hanging around his neck, too.

Bohonnon has been working on the “Hurricane” — the same trick the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson landed eight years ago to win his silver medal in aerials. To this day, Peterson is the only person to put down the jump in a competition. If Bohonnon makes it to the medal round Sunday, he hopes to become the second.

“Obviously, it’s got a little something extra to it,” Bohonnon said. “It’s a scary trick. And Speedy came out and did this all the time, like it was nothing.”

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