Thanks for starting this FF! I only watched Ilia for the first time yesterday because you posted a link in the US Men's thread. I really look forward to watching his future programs now. I'd sort of brushed off comments by others suggesting he's a threat even for this year's Olympic team, although I'd read his interview where he said that's his present goal. Not brushing them off any more.
Also, his mom's history is very interesting, winning 4th at 1999 worlds at age 26, same as Maria Butyrskaya, who won. In those days, age 26 was practically considered geriatric for figure skating. Oh, wait ....
Of course! I was thinking for a bit to make it, but I wasn't sure if I needed to add in all the scores, links, etc. So I asked and found out I didn't need to. He's from my home county so of course there's a bit of bias, but hey, hometown skaters doing well makes me very happy.
Congratulations Ilia!What was most impressive about this win was the strategy behind it. It was a mature performance where he just went for a 4T and 4S even though he could have gone for his full arsenal. But he understood the assignment. Great job!!!