Alexander Zhulin

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Alexander Zhulin
2010 Cup of Russia, short program (3).jpg
Zhulin in 2010
Personal information
Full name Alexander Viacheslavovich Zhulin
Alternative names Aleksandr Zhulin
Sasha Zhulin
Country represented Russia
Former country(ies) represented Unified Team
Soviet Union
Born (1963-07-20) 20 July 1963 (age 50)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Residence Moscow
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Former partner Maya Usova
Oksana Grishuk
Former coach Natalia Dubova
Former choreographer Giuseppe Arena[1]
Skating club Profsoyuz Moskva / Spartak Moskva
Retired 1994

Alexander (Sasha) Viacheslavovich Zhulin (Russian: About this sound Александр Вячеславович Жулин​ , born 20 July 1963) is a Russian ice dancing coach and former competitor. With Maya Usova, he is a two-time Olympic medalist (1994 silver, 1992 bronze), the 1993 World champion, and the 1993 European champion. They also won gold medals at Skate America, NHK Trophy, Nations Cup, and Winter Universiade. They represented the Soviet Union, the Unified Team, and Russia.

Competitive career[edit]

Coach Natalia Dubova paired him with Maya Usova in 1980. In 1988, they made their first appearance at the European Championships, placing fourth. The next season, they won silver at the 1989 European Championships in Birmingham, England and silver in their World Championships debut, in Paris. The next two seasons, they took bronze at Worlds.

In the 1991–92 season, Usova/Zhulin won silver at the 1992 European Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland and then captured their first Olympic medal, bronze, at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Usova/Zhulin ended their season with silver at the 1992 World Championships in Oakland, California. They moved with Dubova from Moscow to Lake Placid, New York in September 1992.[1][2]

In the 1992–93 season, Usova/Zhulin won the 1993 European Championships in Helsinki and the 1993 World Championships in Prague. The next season, they were third at the 1994 European Championships in Copenhagen, behind Jayne Torvill / Christopher Dean and Oksana Grishuk / Evgeni Platov. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, they won the silver medal behind Grishuk/Platov.

Usova/Zhulin skated together professionally from 1994 to 1997. They toured with Champions on Ice and won the World Professional Championships. Zhulin then skated with former rival, Oksana Grishuk, for one year.

Further career[edit]

Zhulin with Navka/Kostomarov in 2004

After retiring, Zhulin became a skating coach and choreographer. He coached in New Jersey[3] before moving back to Russia in 2006.[4] He is based in Moscow and often coaches in collaboration with Oleg Volkov.[5] Among others, Zhulin has coached:

His current students include:

Zhulin has also been involved in Russian ice shows, such as Ice Age.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Zhulin married Maya Usova in 1986[2] but the two eventually divorced.[16] He was romantically involved with competitive rival Oksana Grishuk.[17][18] In 2000, he married Tatiana Navka, with whom he has a daughter, Sasha, born in May 2000.[6] In April 2010, Navka and Zhulin filed for divorce.[19][5] A daughter, Ekaterina, was born to Zhulin and Natalia Mikhailova on 10 January 2013 in Moscow.[20][21]

Programs[edit]

With Usova[edit]

Usova/Zhulin in 1994
Usova/Zhulin in 1989
Season Original dance Free dance[22] Exhibition[23]
1993–1994
  • A Day In The Life Of A Fool
1992–1993
  • Ausencias


  • Autumn Leaves
1991–1992
  • A Paris
1990–1991
  • Autumn Leaves
1989–1990
1988–1989
  • A Paris
1987–1988
  • Indian Temple dance
Post-1994[23]

  • La Belle Dame Sans Regret
    by Sting



  • L'Oiseau (from Cirque du Soleil)


  • The Hunchback



  • Blues For Klook

With Grishuk[edit]

Season Programs
1998–1999

  • Enigma

Results[edit]

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

International
Event 1983–84
(URS)
1984–85
(URS)
1985–86
(URS)
1986–87
(URS)
1987–88
(URS)
1988–89
(URS)
1989–90
(URS)
1990–91
(URS)
1991–92
(CIS, EUN)
1992–93
(RUS)
1993–94
(RUS)
Olympics 3rd 2nd
Worlds 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st
Europeans 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd
Skate America 1st 1st
Nations Cup 1st
NHK Trophy 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Moscow News 4th 3rd 2nd
Goodwill Games 2nd
Nebelhorn 1st
St. Gervais 1st
St. Ivel / Electric 1st 1st
Universiade 1st 2nd
International
Soviet Champ. 2nd 5th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reiter, Susan (1 March 1995). "Ice dancing: a dance form frozen in place by hostile rules". Dance Magazine (The Free Library).  (FindArticles)
  2. ^ a b Hersh, Phil (22 February 1994). "Love Triangle (plus 1) Tops Torvill And Dean". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (15 December 2001). "Lang and Tchernyshev Look Forward to Olympic Year". Golden Skate. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Alexander Zhulin. May 2007 in Moscow". figureskating-online. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (20 August 2012). "Александр ЖУЛИН: "ТРЕНЕРСКУЮ ЧЕСТНОСТЬ СПОРТСМЕНЫ ЧУЮТ НЮХОМ"" [Alexander Zhulin: Athletes sense the coach's honesty] (in Russian). Sport Express. 
  6. ^ a b "Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 July 2006. 
  7. ^ Peret, Paul (4 July 2011). "Nathalie Péchalat, Fabian Bourzat and Florent Amodio Leave Russia". IFS Magazine. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Фигуристы Ильиных/Кацалапов ушли к Морозову под нажимом ФФККР - Жулин" [Zhulin: Skaters Ilinykh / Katsalapov switched to Morozov under pressure from the FFKKR] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Julia ZLOBINA / Alexei SITNIKOV: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN". International Skating Union. 
  11. ^ Vladimirova, Alexandra (25 April 2012). "Фигуристы Боброва и Соловьев хотят поменять стиль катания - Жулин" [Figure skaters Bobrova and Soloviev want to change their style of skating, says Zhulin]. rsport.ru / RIA Novosti (in Russian). 
  12. ^ Vladimirova, Alexandra (25 April 2012). "Фигурист Дмитрий Соловьев: у Жулина начали учиться кататься с нуля" [Figure skater Soloviev: We're learning to skate from scratch under Zhulin]. rsport.ru (in Russian). 
  13. ^ "Фигуристы Монько/Халявин перешли тренироваться в группу Жулина-Волкова" [Figure skaters Monko/Khalivin switched to Zhulin and Volkov's group]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). 18 February 2012. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Valeria ZENKOVA / Valerie SINITSIN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Ermolina, Olga (4 May 2012). "«Соперники оторвались от нас в космос»". Moskovskiye Novosti (in Russian). 
  16. ^ "Aleksandr Zhulin". Sports-reference. 
  17. ^ Brennan, Christine (1998). Edge of Glory. Scribner. pp. 220–221. ISBN 0-684-84128-2. 
  18. ^ Smith, Beverley (1994). Figure Skating: A Celebration. McClellan & Stewart. p. 204. ISBN 0-7710-2819-9. 
  19. ^ Sukhova, Elena (16 April 2010). "Татьяна Навка: «Жулин поступил не по-мужски»" [Tatiana Navka interview]. 7dn.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. 
  20. ^ Kriuchkova, Galina (18 February 2013). "Александр Жулин стал отцом во второй раз" [Alexander Zhulin a father for the second time]. starhit.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "У Александра Жулина родилась дочь" [A daughter born to Alexander Zhulin] (in Russian). dni.ru. 18 February 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Skate Music List". 
  23. ^ a b "World Professional Figure Skating Championships – Landover, MD". Golden Skate. 

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