Two Americans earned honors as the aerials skiing world cup season concluded Saturday in Moscow.
Mac Bohonnon finished second in the season standings, while Chris Lillis was presented the men’s rookie of the year award.
Coming to the Moscow event as the defending champion, Bohonnon placed sixth Saturday, surviving a frightening crash in the super final when he landed directly on his head, shoulders and back. After several minutes of attention from medical personnel, the 2014 Olympian was able to walk away from the course with assistance. He later mounted the podium unassisted to receive his season medal.
The 2014 world cup rookie of the year, Bohonnon picked up a pair of podiums this season – he was second in Lake Placid, New York, on Jan. 14 and third at the Olympic test event Feb. 10 in PyeongChang, South Korea – to finish with 328 points, 112 behind overall champion Qi Guangpu of China. Xu Mengtao gave China a sweep of the crystal globes, placing second Saturday to move past Australia’s Danielle Scott in the final standings.
Lillis logged four top-10 finishes in his first full world cup season, including a pair of eighth-place results at the season opener Dec. 17 in Beida Lake, China, and at Feb. 10 the Olympic test event. The 18-year-old from Pittsford, New York, has one podium to his credit, a win in Minsk, Belarus, last February, less than three weeks after making his world cup debut with a ninth-place finish in Deer Valley, Utah.
Team USA’s aerialists now turn their attention to the upcoming world championships, slated for March 9-10 in Sierra Nevada, Spain.