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Boise aerialist makes the cut

Here comes the "Hurricane.''

Boise freestyle skier Jeret Peterson qualified for the finals in the men's aerials competition at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games on Monday night in Sauze d'Oulx, Italy.

The 12-man finals are Thursday night under the lights, where Peterson has promised to pull out his signature trick, the three-flip, five-twist "Hurricane.''

It's the most difficult move in his sport.

His coach has said that if Peterson nails it, he'll win a gold medal.

"Italy has no clue what kind of storm I'm going to bring to this place,'' Peterson said on NBC.

The 2000 Timberline High graduate qualified eighth with what he called "not the best jumps in the world.

"It's all mental," said Peterson, who was ninth at the Salt Lake Olympics. "Our sport is completely mental. My jump is decided by myself before I go. If I don't feel I'm going to land it, I'm not going to land it, bottom line."

He finished with 227.21 points; the top qualifier is Xiaopeng Han of China with 250.45 points. Scores are wiped clean for the finals, where each skier will get two more jumps.

Three other Americans failed to qualify for the finals.