U.S. freestyle skier Chris Lillis came up clutch in the finals of the mixed team aerials event to win the United States the gold medal.
Lillis scored a 135.00 on his back double full-full-double full jump to help the Americans upset China and grab gold in the competition’s inaugural showing at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Lillis, a first-time Olympian, competed alongside another Team USA rookie, Justin Schoenefeld, and four-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell in the event. The trio finished with a total score of 338.34, while China managed just 324.22 for silver. Canada won bronze with a score of 290.98.
In the final run, Caldwell registered an 88.86 with her back full full full jump and Schoenefeld rounded out the Americans’ run with a score of 114.48 for his back double full full full.
It’s the United States’ first gold medal in an aerial freestyle skiing event since 1998.