Jonathon Lillis is proving to be a rising force on the aerials squad with a career-best fourth at Deer Valley in 2014. (Kirk Paulsen)
Ashley Caldwell earned herself another World Cup podium in Beijing, finishing second in the qualifying round of Sunday’s team event.
Ashley Caldwell laid down a solid triple twisting triple flip to win the FIS Freestyle aerials World Cup opener.
The U.S. Freestyle Aerials Ski Team will kick off its World Cup season this weekend in Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest stadium.
Freestyle World Champs Team Named
Dylan Ferguson and Emily Cook led the U.S. Ski Team with fifths in the aerials season opener in China.
Lillis on Podium
Lillis, McKinnon Take Silver and Bronze
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This Bristol Mountain Race Club product racked up five top-15 NorAm results in his rookie season on the U.S. Ski Team. He then impressed coaches with a seventh-place finish at his first U.S. Championships. Being just 16 years old, Lillis was limited to NorAm events during the 2011 season. He turned the circuit into his own training ground with seven top-five finishes, three podiums and a win, finishing the season ranked second.
A silver medal at the FIS Junior World Championships marked the end of another season of progress in 2012. His first World Cup top-10 came in Mont Gabriel, Canada, and earned him the 2012 World Cup Rookie of the Year award.
Winter 2013 was no rebuilding year for Lillis. Two NorAm wins, four NorAm podiums and two top-ten World Cup results propelled him into a strong 2014 season. Lillis continued to progress and earned a career-best fourth at the pristine Deer Valley site in addition to three other top-20 results in 2014. Lillis stayed consistent in the 2015 season, posting five top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit, helping secure the Nations Cup for the aerials team at World Cup finals.
OFF THE SNOW
FIS Junior World Championships