Pittsford native Christopher Lillis earned his first Olympic gold medal Feb. 10, when he and teammates Ashley Caldwell and Justin Schoenfeld won the mixed team aerials freestyle skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The Winter Olympics have not featured mixed team aerials events in previous years, so the trio of Lillis, Caldwell and Schoenfeld is the first to win Olympic gold in this arena. Lillis’ score of 135 points was the highest in that evening’s competition.
Lillis, who as a child attended Seton Catholic School in Brighton, also competed in the men’s aerial competition Feb. 15-16. He placed sixth in that competition.
Lillis, 23, has been on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team since 2015 and got his start in the sport at Bristol Mountain, where he was on the Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team.