Maya Usova & Alexander Zhulin

dorispulaski

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Maya Valentinovna Usova (Russian: Майя Валентиновна Усова, born 22 May 1964) and Alexander (Sasha) Viacheslavovich Zhulin (Russian: 11px-Loudspeaker.svg.pngАлександр 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
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Usova

Alexander's Wikipedia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Zhulin

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PROGRAMS

1993–1994
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFYceE4_uyM
1994 Olympics FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj320zQTYsQ
1994 Olympics EX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=carF1fLREZg

1993 Skate America FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Txih0umNOo

1992–1993
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3mTEZWpyro
1993 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLDpj1BVK-w

1991–1992
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw3hZhySRC8
1992 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgQ6aXYm2EM

1992 Olympics FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzLA09eGNwI
1992 Olympics EX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSXVRmNJHlI

1991 NHK FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77FV-try2mo
1991 NHK EX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkN55MZWMD0

1990–1991
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdij7eJeEzY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_exxGGmRV8
1991 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94PMD_1zmNU

1989–1990
CDs: Starlight waltz, Kilian, Paso Doble, Tango Romantica
OSP: Samba:
FD: Adios Nonino; Oblivion; Duo de Amor by Ástor Piazzolla

1990 NHK EX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKUVHT_ELUo

1990 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JiIHccQJ-8
1990 Worlds EX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTVy9cB40-8

1988–1989
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXyh3Rfl2Hs
1989 Worlds OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNF_bFBw8Cg
1989 Worlds FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3FqoMaxsX8

1989 EX Charleston OSP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lC_JYecHCU


1987–1988
CDs: Kilian, Paso Doble, Viennese Waltz
OSP: Tango:
FD: Indian Temple dance

1988 Europeans FD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qho2DLoqbZk

PROFESSIONAL CAREER With Zhulin

Maya Usova & Alexander Zhulin - Challenge of champions 1995 (London)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imx7xxl0TK8
Challenge of champions 1995 (London) - Maya Usova & Alexander Zhulin - La belle dame sans regrets by Sting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4By6sksCWC0

1995 World Professional Championships AP
"Young Man and Death"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t-BgTXSzxo


AMATEUR CAREER​


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


EVENTPLACE
1982–83
(URS)
USSR Cup3rd
1983–84
(URS)
Moscow News6th
Soviet Champ.2nd
1984–85
(URS)
Universiade1st
Soviet Champ.5th
1985–86
(URS)
Moscow News4th
Nebelhorn1st
St. Gervais1st
Soviet Champ.3rd
Spartakiada1st
1986–87
(URS)
Moscow News3rd
Universiade2nd
Soviet Champ.3rd
1987–88
(URS)
Europeans4th
Moscow News2nd
St. Ivel / Electric1st
Soviet Champ.3rd
1988–89
(URS)
Worlds2nd
Europeans2nd
NHK Trophy2nd
St. Ivel / Electric1st
Soviet Champ.3rd
1989–90
(URS)
Worlds3rd
Europeans2nd
Skate America1st
Nations Cup1st
Soviet Champ.2nd
1990–91
(URS)
Worlds3rd
Europeans3rd
NHK Trophy1st
Goodwill Games2nd
Soviet Champ.1st
1991–92
(CIS, EUN)
Olympics3rd
Worlds2nd
Europeans2nd
NHK Trophy1st
1992–93
(RUS)
Worlds1st
Europeans1st
Skate America1st
NHK Trophy1st
1993–94
(RUS)
Olympics2nd
Europeans3rd


PROFESSIONAL CAREER
EVENTPLACE
1994–95
World Professional Champ.1st
1998–99
World Professional Champ.1st
 
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dorispulaski

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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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Sometimes memories don't cheat (even if they usually do). I recalled their exhibition programme from the 1994 Olympics perfectly (and I loved it very much), and it was just lovely to see it again - and just as I remembered it. Thank you Doris for putting that video on.
 
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