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ILIA (IH-lee-uh)

1. The largest, widest bones constituting both halves of the pelvis
2. Ilia Kulik: Russian figure skater and Olympic champion
Common clues: Pieces of pelvises; Skating star Kulik; Skating gold medalist Kulik;
Pelvic bones; Upper pelvic bones; Pelvis parts; Hipbones
Related crosswordese: Iliac, Ilium
Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year
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The ilium of the pelvis is divisible into two parts, the body and the ala; the separation is indicated on the internal surface by a curved line, the arcuate line, and on the external surface by the margin of the acetabulum. The name comes from the Latin, meaning "groin" or "flank." (Taber's 1985)

Human male pelvis – viewed from the front

The body enters into the formation of the acetabulum, of which it forms rather less than two-fifths.

Its external surface is partly articular, partly non-articular; the articular segment forms part of the lunate surface of the acetabulum, the non-articular portion contributes to the acetabular fossa.

The internal surface of the body is part of the wall of the lesser pelvis and gives origin to some fibers of the Obturator internus.

Below, it is continuous with the pelvic surfaces of the ischium and pubis, only a faint line indicating the place of union.


Ilia Alexandrovich Kulik (born May 23, 1977 in Moscow, Russian SSR) is a Russian figure skater. He is the 1998 Olympic Champion, the 1995 European Champion, the 1997–1998 Grand Prix Final champion, and the 1995 World junior champion.

Kulik began skating at the age of five and won the Olympics at the age of 20.

Kulik 'turned professional' after the 1998 Olympics and has skating professionally in various shows like Stars on Ice tour and shows in Russia. Nowadays, he has participated in the 2009 Ice All Stars and the 2010 Festa On Ice in South Korea alongside Kim Yu-Na and other world class figure skaters.

He also ventured briefly into acting. He played the role of "Sergei", a Russian dancer, in the 2000 ballet-themed movie Center Stage.

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