Checking Senior Bs for TES mins...
Really, where was all this screaming and complaining in the Japanese news thread when Kagiyama withdrew from the ENTIRE Grand Prix Series this fall due to injury? He's not much older than Ilia and surely he wants to make it through the next Olympiad with his quads intact too...I completely agree with this. Given what Ilia is doing in his skating, it will take a thoughtful approach to training, good pacing, and some luck (to be honest) to make it through the Olympiad. Especially since he's obviously still growing, so at high risk for overuse injuries (and already having injury issues).
Unless he's required to do a certain event based on rules, funding requirements, or contractual aspects, he and his team have every right to make decisions that are in their own best interest, whether those considerations are physical, financial, or mental.
Really, it's a major factor for all the guys doing multiple quads all the time.