Usova/Zhulin at a 1989 exhibition in West Berlin.
|Full name||Maya Valentinovna Usova|
|Alternative names||Maia Usova|
|Former country(ies) represented||Unified Team
22 May 1964 |
Gorky, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Former partner||Alexander Zhulin
|Former coach||Natalia Dubova|
|Former choreographer||Giuseppe Arena|
|Skating club||Profsoyuz Moskva / Sportsclub Moskva|
Maya Valentinovna Usova (Russian: Майя Валентиновна Усова, born 22 May 1964) is a Russian former ice dancer. With Alexander Zhulin, she 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.
Maya Usova initially competed with Alexei Batalov. At the age of nine, she moved from Gorky to Moscow to train with coach Natalia Dubova. Dubova paired her with Alexander Zhulin 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.
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. From 1998 to 2000, Usova performed with former rival, Evgeni Platov.
From 2002 to 2004, Usova was an assistant coach to Tatiana Tarasova and Platov, working with Galit Chait / Sergei Sakhnovsky and Shizuka Arakawa. She has coached at the Igloo in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and Odintsovo, near Moscow. She is an International Technical Specialist for Russia.
Off the ice, she has appeared in several Marlboro advertisements in Russia.
|Season||Original dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
|St. Ivel / Electric||1st||1st|
|World Professional Champ.||1st||1st|
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- Sports-reference: Maiya Usova
- Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (2009-01-24). Майя Усова: "Тем, кто не уехал, надо ставить памятники". Sport Express (in Russian). (Translation - Maya Usova: “Those who remained are real heroes”)
- Skate Music List
- World Professional Figure Skating Championships – Landover, MD
- Japan Open
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