Months after the unexpected death of his little brother, one Team USA athlete is heading to the Winter Games with a heavy heart — and a mission.
When he makes his Olympic debut during the opening ceremony on Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, aerial skier Jon Lillis will be wearing his brother Mikey’s ashes in a glass pendant around his neck; it’s his way of bringing his youngest sibling to the Olympics, a dream the 17-year-old never got the chance to fulfill.
Mikey, like his two older brothers — a close-knit trio known as Team Lillis in their hometown of Rochester, New York — was also a skier who hoped to one day go to the games.
“It was all of our dreams to compete in the Olympics together, and knowing that he never got the chance … it felt like the best way to give him that experience,” Jon, 23, told …