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What is the correct spelling and pronunciation
of his name?
He spells it "I-l-i-a." It is pronounced:
ill-ya. His last name is pronounced:
Coo-lick. All Russian names have
diminutives and Ilia encourages his fans to use his, which is Iliushka,
Where does Ilia live and train?
Ilia lives in Orange County, CA, south of LA and
trains near his home there.
What about his family? Does he have
brothers and sisters; where do they live?
What kind of car does Ilia drive?
Ilia's mother Nadyezhda is a translator, his
father Alexander is an engineer; they live in Moscow. His younger sister
Svetlana graduated from university in the U.S. and is a CPA practicing in California.
Ilia is has driven a variety
of cars and like all red-blooded men, loves anything with an internal
combustion engine. To date we know about: Jeep Grand Cherokee, silver Porsche Carrera, Ducati
motorcycle, BMW motorcycle, blue Audi A6, Harley-Davidson
motorcycle - obviously not all simultaneously.
What does Ilia do in his spare time?
"What spare time?" Ilia joked
when asked this question. But, his off-ice activities have included skydiving,
skiing, rollerblading, mountain biking, motorcycling and even horseback riding. The new horseman said he was "cantering" at his first lesson, but
also confessed "it was pretty painful after the first lesson... .it's fun."