Jon Lillis of Pittsford finished third at the 2020 Freestyle Aerials U.S. National Championship at Bristol Mountain on Saturday. His brother, Chris Lillis, was fourth Pittsford’s Jon and Chris Lillis finished third and fourth, respectively, in the men’s portion of the 2020 Freestyle Aerials U.S. National Championship at Bristol Mountain, Saturday.
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The event was held without spectators at the request of Bristol Mountain and U.S. Ski & Snowboard to combat. The Lillis brothers, who are former Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team Members, finished behind Quinn Dehlinger, who took second, and event winner Eric Loughran.
On the women’s side, Ashley Caldwell took first place, followed by Kalia Kuhn in second and Megan Nick in third. The results from Saturday’s competition will factor into the selection of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China and judge starts for future World Cup competitions.
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Freestyle skier Jon Lillis won’t be alone at the Olympics. He will carry the spirit of his younger brother and a pendant holding Mikey’s ashes. Freestyle skiing has been contested at the Winter Olympic Games since the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France. Freestyle skiing was a demonstration sport at the 1988 Winter Olympics, with moguls, aerials, and ballet events. Moguls became an official medal sport at the 1992 games. while aerials and ballet were still demonstration events. At the 1994 games, aerials also became an official medal event and the ski ballet competition was dropped.