ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - East Rochester native and olympic hopeful Michael Lillis, 17, died in his sleep on Saturday according to the U.S. Ski Team's official website.
Lillis was a freestyle aerialist.
According to the U.S. Ski Team website, Lillis died in his sleep at his home in East Rochester after he was found unresponsive by his parents Saturday morning. He was on a break between pre-season training camps.
Lillis was, a rising star in U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Elite Aerial Development Program based out of the Olympic village of Lake Placid.
In a statement on the website, the U.S. Ski Team said,
Lillis, known to his friends as Mikey, is the youngest of three brothers who have been making a name for themselves in the sport over the past few years. His older brother Jon, 23, is the reigning world champion. Brother Chris, 19, won his first World Cup in Minsk, Belarus a year ago. The two older brothers were at the team's pre-season aerials camp in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. They are returning to New York to be with their family.
Mikey, who originally came out of the Bristol Mountain Ski Club in western New York state, was making his move upward on the NorAm tour, with three podiums in the last few seasons. He and his teammates were taking a one week break before heading back to Lake Placid on Sunday.
Details on memorial services are pending.
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