Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team aerials athlete Chris Lillis has made a large mark in the world of aerial skiing when he brought home an Olympic gold medal in the aerials team event at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
Not only was Chris the youngest man ever to win a FIS aerials World Cup, claiming the top spot as a 17-year-old in 2016, but he also has earned 13 NorAm podium finishes, four of which he took first place. On the World Cup circuit, Chris has been on the podium seven times, winning two. Chris is also a three-time World Championship medalist, winning the gold in 2023 in the aerials team event, and a silver and bronze in 2021. Fun fact: Chris is the first American since Jeret "Speedy" Peterson to complete a quintuple (five twists, three flips), in a competition!
When not on the slopes, he teaches guitar and piano lessons to local students in Park City.
"Being able to compete under pressure and land my jumps really made me feel like I had achieved something big."
4 Things You Didn't Know About Chris Lillis
- 1. Chris was the youngest man ever to win a FIS aerials World Cup, claiming the top spot as a 17 year old in 2016.
- 2. He has had 13 career podiums in NorAms, with four of those being career wins.
- 3. When he isn't on the slopes, Lillis teaches guitar and piano lessons to local students in Park City.
- 4. Chris is the first American to compete a quintuple (five twists, three flips) since the late Jeret "Speedy" Peterson in 2010.