A gold medal morning for Pittsford’s Chris Lillis
BEIJING (WHEC) — Pittsford native Chris Lillis competed in the Freestyle Skiing Mixed Team Aerials on Thursday.
The United States went against Belarus, Canada, the Russian Olympic Committee, Switzerland, and the People’s Republic of China in the first finals. They placed in second, advancing them to the medal round.
The Lillis family hosted a watch party and our Emily Putnam was in attendance.
It was in that medal round where Lillis shined.
The Pittsford skier notched the best score of anyone in the medal round with a 135.00. That helped vault the United States into first place, where they would hold on for the gold medal.
AERIALS GOLD FOR @TeamUSA!— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 10, 2022
In the Olympic debut of Mixed Team Aerials, @j_schoenefeld, @AshleySkis and Chris Lillis stand at the top of the podium for @TeamUSA! #WinterOlympics pic.twitter.com/6yjhfPqL2z
The 135.00 was also a personal best score for Lillis. It’s his first career medal at an Olympics.
You can re-watch Lillis and Team USA’s gold medal win tonight during NBC’s primetime coverage.
The event is one of seven that are newly added to this year’s Winter Olympics.