The men’s aerials qualifying saw a very high level of jumps. In the first round, the bubble score was 124.34. American Jonathon Lillis rose the occasion. He came into the Olympics ranked 10th in the world.
Lillis chose to execute a quadruple twisting triple back flip, a popular choice in the first round. He did it perfectly. He had huge height and nailed the landing. He was rewarded with a score of 127.44. It ended up being the highest qualifying score of the night, so he will jump last in the final.
Teammates Mac Bohonnon and Eric Loughran failed to qualify for the final. Bohonnon was considered a medal contender for the U.S. On his first jump, Bohonnon couldn’t land his jump properly. He landed too hard on his left ski. On his second jump, he executed the difficult back full- double full- full. However, on a day where the top six executed their jumps perfectly, it was not enough.