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Future local U.S. Olympic hopeful found dead in his sleep

Future local U.S. Olympic hopeful found dead in his sleep

October 22, 2017 02:39 AM

Future U.S. Olympic hopeful and East Rochester teen Michael Lillis was found dead in his sleep by his parent on Saturday, according to the U.S. Ski Team’s official site.

Lillis was a freestyle skier.

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According to the U.S. freestyle skiing site, Lillis was on a break between pre-season training camps. His brothers, Jon and Chris, are both potential medalists and considered “Athletes to Watch” in the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea by the Team USA site in freestyle skiing events. All three Lillis brothers began training and consider their home base to be Bristol Mountain.

Lillis was known to his friends and teammates as Mikey.

"We are a family and as a family our entire team grieves for Mikey, his own family and his teammates," said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. "We'll remember him for the pathway he was following and the goals he was beginning to achieve. Our condolences go out to his parents Bernie and Jamie and the entire Lillis family."

Lillis showed promise as a future star on the NorAm tour. He medaled three times in recent seasons.

There is no word on services for Lillis at this time.

News10NBC shares our thoughts and condolences for the Lillis family during this difficult time.

 

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