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    Maya Usova & Alexander Zhulin

    Maya Valentinovna Usova (Russian: Майя Валентиновна Усова, born 22 May 1964) and Alexander (Sasha) Viacheslavovich Zhulin (Russian:Александр Вячеславович Жулин​ (help·info), born 20 July 1963) are Russian ice dancers who are two-time Olympic medalists (1994 silver, 1992 bronze), the 1993 World champions, and the 1993 European champions. The pair also won gold medals at Skate America, NHK Trophy, Nations Cup, and Winter Universiade. Because Usova and Zhulin's career spanned the breakup of the Soviet Union, the couple skated under four different national labels: the Soviet Union (USSR), the Unified Team (EUN) at the 1992 Olympics, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Russia (RUS).

    Usova & Zhulin married in 1986, but later divorced.

    Usova/Zhulin skated together professionally from 1994 to 1998. They toured with Champions on Ice and won the World Professional Championships twice. From 1998 to 2000, Usova performed with former rival, Evgeni Platov, while Zhulin performed with Platov's former partner, Oksana Grishuk.

    Zhulin is currently a successful skating coach and choreographer in Moscow. In 2000, he married Tatiana Navka, with whom he has a daughter, Sasha, born in May 2000. Zhulin became an American citizen in 2006, but moved back to Russia later that year. In April 2010, he and Navka filed for divorce. He married Natalia Mikhailova in August 2018. Their daughter, Ekaterina, was born on 10 January 2013 in Moscow.

    Usova is remarried to a Russian professor in medicine, Anatoly Orletsky. In 2010, she gave birth to their daughter, Anastasia.

    Maya's Wikipedia

    Alexander's Wikipedia



    CDs: Starlight Waltz, Blues, Tango Romantica, ??
    OSP: Rhumba: A Day In The Life Of A Fool
    FD: Nights of Cabiria (Italian: Le notti di Cabiria) by Nino Rota; La Passerella di Otto e Mezzo (from 8½) by Nino Rota
    EX: Ausencias by Ástor Piazzolla

    1994 Olympics OSP
    1994 Olympics FD
    1994 Olympics EX

    1993 Skate America FD

    CDs: Kilian, Yankee Polka, Argentine Tango, and Westminster Waltz
    OSP: Viennese Waltz: Tales from the Vienna Woods (German: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald)
    FD: Blues For Klook by Eddy Louis
    EX1: Ausencias
    EX2: Prelude in E Minor by Frédéric Chopin
    EX3: Autumn Leaves

    1993 Worlds OSP
    1993 Worlds FD

    CDs: Paso Doble, Blues, Tango Romantica, Viennese Waltz
    OSP: Polka: Pizzicato Polka by Johann Strauss II
    FD: Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
    EX1: Autumn Leaves (French: Les feuilles mortes) & A Paris
    EX2: Four Seasons

    1992 Worlds OSP
    1992 Worlds FD

    1992 Olympics FD
    1992 Olympics EX

    1991 NHK FD
    1991 NHK EX

    CDs: Ravensburger Waltz, Rhumba, ??, ??
    OSP: Blues: Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin
    FD: Variations by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    EX1: Autumn Leaves

    1991 Worlds OSP
    1991 Worlds FD

    CDs: Starlight waltz, Kilian, Paso Doble, Tango Romantica
    OSP: Samba:
    FD: Adios Nonino; Oblivion; Duo de Amor by Ástor Piazzolla

    1990 NHK EX

    1990 Worlds FD
    1990 Worlds EX

    CDs: Westminster Waltz, Yankee Polka, ??
    OSP: Charleston:
    FD: Mars, the Bringer of War (from The Planets) by Gustav Holst; Prelude Op. 28, No. 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
    EX1: A Paris

    1989 Argentine Tango CD
    1989 Worlds OSP
    1989 Worlds FD

    1989 EX Charleston OSP

    CDs: Kilian, Paso Doble, Viennese Waltz
    OSP: Tango:
    FD: Indian Temple dance

    1988 Europeans FD


    Maya Usova & Alexander Zhulin - Challenge of champions 1995 (London)
    Challenge of champions 1995 (London) - Maya Usova & Alexander Zhulin - La belle dame sans regrets by Sting

    1995 World Professional Championships AP
    "Young Man and Death"


    With Zhulin for the Soviet Union (URS), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Unified Team at the Olympics (EUN), and Russia (RUS):

    USSR Cup 3rd
    Moscow News 6th
    Soviet Champ. 2nd
    Universiade 1st
    Soviet Champ. 5th
    Moscow News 4th
    Nebelhorn 1st
    St. Gervais 1st
    Soviet Champ. 3rd
    Spartakiada 1st
    Moscow News 3rd
    Universiade 2nd
    Soviet Champ. 3rd
    Europeans 4th
    Moscow News 2nd
    St. Ivel / Electric 1st
    Soviet Champ. 3rd
    Worlds 2nd
    Europeans 2nd
    NHK Trophy 2nd
    St. Ivel / Electric 1st
    Soviet Champ. 3rd
    Worlds 3rd
    Europeans 2nd
    Skate America 1st
    Nations Cup 1st
    Soviet Champ. 2nd
    Worlds 3rd
    Europeans 3rd
    NHK Trophy 1st
    Goodwill Games 2nd
    Soviet Champ. 1st
    (CIS, EUN)
    Olympics 3rd
    Worlds 2nd
    Europeans 2nd
    NHK Trophy 1st
    Worlds 1st
    Europeans 1st
    Skate America 1st
    NHK Trophy 1st
    Olympics 2nd
    Europeans 3rd

    World Professional Champ. 1st
    World Professional Champ. 1st
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 08-09-2019 at 06:38 AM.

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    I will be adding more videos and competitive info to this OP. I was very fond of this team's skating in the day.

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