Peterson's aerials silver gives U.S. its 32nd medal



Jeret Peterson
  • Jeret Peterson
Just when many began to wonder if the United States might blow its overall medals lead at the 2010 Winter Olympics, four medals came along Thursday to pad that margin once again. And not just any medals, either: three silver and one gold.

The latest came on Cypress Mountain, where Jeret Peterson landed his unique Hurricane jump and earned the night's highest marks, giving him a silver in the prime-time men's aerials finals. Because the medals are determined by adding the total marks on two jumps, Peterson narrowly lost to gold-medalist Alexei Grishin of Belarus, 248.41 to 247.21.

America just missed out on a second aerials medal, as Ryan St. Onge of Winter Park finished fourth.

It was the day's third silver for the U.S., along with the gold in Nordic combined, raising the total to 32 medals (8 gold, 12 silver, 12 bronze) with Germany still at 26. Norway has 19 and Russia 16.

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