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Two Pittsford natives are on U.S. Olympic Ski Team

Feb 5, 2018

Morgan Schild
Credit Drew Broderick

Two Pittsford natives will be representing the United States at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea this week.

Skiers Jonathan Lillis and Morgan Schild are members of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team.

"It's beyond comparison," said Johnny Kroetz, coach of the Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team.  "Every developmental coach dreams of their athletes someday achieving the pinnacle of their sport and having not just one but two athletes from our area make the Games is just overwhelming."

Lillis will be competing in the Freestyle Aerials and Schild is competing in Freestyle Moguls. 

Schild's first competition, a qualifying round, is scheduled for Thursday night and Bristol Mountain is hosting a public viewing party.

Schild and Lillis are members of the so-called Bristol Mountain Super Six.

Jonathan Lillis
Credit Drew Broderick

"There are only 29 athletes on the U.S. Ski Team for the whole country in freestyle skiing at the A, B, and C levels, and six of them came from our area, which is even more astounding that having two Olympians," said Kroetz.

A couple of the local skiers suffered injuries earlier in the season and others didn’t get the starts they wanted. If things turned out differently, Kroetz said there might have been three or four U.S. Olympic Ski Team members from Rochester.