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US Ski Team

Drew Broderick

A Pittsford couple left the Rochester Airport on Tuesday,  headed to South Korea to see their son compete in the Winter Olympics.

Bernie and Jamie Lillis are on their way to join up with Jon Lillis, the 23 year old man who is on the U.S. Aerial Ski Team.  His father says his son has been dreaming of being an Olympian since he was a little boy, and starting to train at Bristol Mountain.

Chris Lillis World Cup Trophy
USSA

World Cup Freestyle Aerialist Chris Lillis remembers practicing hundreds of backflips before his coach at Bristol Mt. allowed him to try it on skis.

"There's nothing cooler than doing a backflip for the first time, especially at 9 years old."

On Saturday, Lillis reminisced about his training, joining the next generation of skiers at Bristol Mountain. He was there nine years ago under ski team coach Johnny Kroetz.

Int'l Ski Federation

Freestyle aerialist skiers from the Rochester area did very well at the World Cup Freestyle Aerials in Minsk, Belarus on Saturday.

In just his fourth World Cup competition, 17-year old Christopher Lillis shocked the field and won his first men's World Cup freestyle.