Alexander Zhulin

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Alexander Zhulin
2010 Cup of Russia, short program (3).jpg
Zhulin in 2010
Personal information
Full nameAlexander Viacheslavovich Zhulin
Alternative namesAleksandr Zhulin
Sasha Zhulin
Country representedRussia
Former country(ies) representedUnified Team
Soviet Union
Born (1963-07-20) July 20, 1963 (age 57)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Former partnerMaya Usova
Oksana Grishuk
Former coachNatalia Dubova
Former choreographerGiuseppe Arena[1]
Skating clubProfsoyuz Moskva / Spartak Moskva

Alexander (Sasha) Viacheslavovich Zhulin (Russian: About this soundАлександр Вячеславович Жулин​ , born July 20, 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.

At the 1991 World Figure Skating Championships they were very close to winning. They led after both the compulsory dances and original dance (although finishing 2nd in the original dance portion), and in the free dance received 4 1st place ordinals from the 9 judges. Nonetheless a strange ordinal situation led to them finishing only 3rd in the free dance and dropping to 3rd overall behind the Duchensays and Klimova and Ponomarenko.

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. They had been sitting in 1st place and seemingly ensured the title as Grishuk & Platov were mathematically out of gold medal contention, after Torvill & Dean were placed behind them in the free dance 5 judges to 4. However Grishuk & Platov won the free dance and changed the ordinals between Usova & Zhulin, and Torvill & Dean, dropping Usova & Zhulin to a 3rd-place finish. This loss seemed to indicate a loss of their #1 Russian status and instilled fear in their chances for the Olympic Gold medal. Their new free program to a collection of Nina Rota tunes also received negative reviews from fans and judges alike as it was a sharp departure from their previous work, and many critics felt it did not suit their sensual and elegant style.

At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, they won the silver medal behind Grishuk/Platov. They tied for 1st place with Grishuk & Platov in the compulsory dances, and went into the free dance tied for overall 1st with Torvill & Dean who won the original dance, setting up an intense 3-way battle for gold. Unlike the Europeans all 3 teams in position to win gold simply by winning the free dance. In the free dance they received 3 1st place ordinals and 6 2nd place ordinals, but lost the gold to Grishuk & Platov who received 5 1st place ordinals, 1 2nd place ordinal, and 3 3rd place ordinals, losing the free dance and gold based on the majority rule, despite having no judges place them 3rd and a lower total of ordinals than Grishuk & Platov. Had 1 of 3 judges changed their mark by .1 Usova & Zhulin would have won the gold. Upset about the controversial Olympic loss, Usova & Zhulin withdrew from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships, which they had intended to be their final amateur event.

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. His former partner, Maya Usova, would compete for many years as a professional with former rival, Evgeni Platov.

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] Zhulin has also been involved in Russian ice shows, such as Ice Age.[6]

Among others, Zhulin has coached:

His current students include:

Personal life[edit]

Zhulin married Maya Usova in 1986[2] but the two eventually divorced.[30] He was romantically involved with competitive rival Oksana Grishuk.[31][32] In 2000, he married Tatiana Navka, with whom he has a daughter, Sasha, born in May 2000.[7]

Zhulin became an American citizen in 2006.[33] In April 2010, he and Navka filed for divorce.[5][34] He married Natalia Mikhailova in August 2018.[35] Their daughter, Ekaterina, was born on 10 January 2013 in Moscow.[36][37]


With Usova[edit]

Usova/Zhulin in 1994
Usova/Zhulin in 1989
Season Original dance Free dance[38] Exhibition[39]
  • A Day In The Life Of A Fool
  • Ausencias

  • Autumn Leaves
  • A Paris
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Samba
  • Black Bottom
    by Ray Henderson
  • A Paris
  • Tango
  • Indian Temple dance

  • La Belle Dame Sans Regret
    by Sting

  • L'Oiseau
    (from Cirque du Soleil)

  • The Hunchback

  • Blues For Klook

With Grishuk[edit]

Season Programs

  • Enigma

Amateur career[edit]

With Usova

Event 82–83 83–84 84–85 85–86 86–87 87–88 88–89 89–90 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94
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 6th 4th 3rd 2nd
Goodwill Games 2nd
Nebelhorn 1st
St. Gervais 1st
St. Ivel / Electric 1st 1st
Universiade 1st 2nd
Soviet Champ. 2nd 5th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st
Spartakiada 1st
USSR Cup 3rd


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  14. ^ 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.
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  16. ^ Zahorski / Guerreiro
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  21. ^ Bobrova / Soloviev
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  24. ^ Hurtado / Khaliavin
  25. ^ [3]
  26. ^ Sinitsina / Katsalapov
  27. ^ [4]
  28. ^ Kavaliova / Bieliaiev
  29. ^ Stavitskaia / Bagin
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  35. ^ "Александр Жулин женился в третий раз" [Alexander Zhulin has gotten married a third time]. Hello! (Russia) (in Russian). 13 August 2018.
  36. ^ Kriuchkova, Galina (18 February 2013). Александр Жулин стал отцом во второй раз [Alexander Zhulin a father for the second time]. (in Russian).
  37. ^ У Александра Жулина родилась дочь [A daughter born to Alexander Zhulin] (in Russian). 18 February 2013.
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External links[edit]

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