Before “A House Is Not A
they showed a
video clip of Ilia’s visit to Nagano shot during last year's tour.
First, Ilia accompanied by
PIW cast member Takaya
Usuda (who speaks fluent English and takes care of Ilia
he tours with PIW) , went to the Olympic athletes' village.
Ilia showed Takaya the condominium where the Russian team
stayed during Olympics.
Ilia enjoyed a lunch of Japanese
“Soba” noodle and said “Oishii”
(Delicious) with a thumbs-up gesture.
They then visited the White Ring arena -
figure skating venue.
The White Rink remains unchanged except
ice surface – it
was remodeled into a gymnasium after the Olympics.
Ilia talked about his memory
of his Olympic victory, “The greatest
moment was when I finished my free program …the
That’s when I realized that I’ve done the best I could have
the best I ever skated. It happened in the end… That was the most
PIW introduced Ilia for his
Tomatoes” program of the 2nd act, they showed
another video clip
of short interview, in which Ilia talked about
his insight about
skating. He appeared this time in a gray T-shirt with
orange trim around the
neckline and lower sleeves.
His “Seisouso” performance from the last
year’s PIW was shown
behind him. He said
“Skating, I think… it’s the way to express
myself. It’s the way to develop
my body and my mind, and it’s the
way to find the balance in my life. I love
and enjoy every moment of
Then they introduced Ilia again.