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 Evgeny Platov is the '98 World Pro's Champion, and with Alexander Zhulin, she is the '94 World Pro's Champion, 1993 World champion, 1994 Olympic silver medalist, and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist.
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 4th. The next season, they won silver at Europeans and silver in their World Championships debut. The next two seasons, they took bronze at Worlds.
- 1991–92 - Usova / Zhulin won silver at the European Championships and then captured their first Olympic medal, bronze, at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. They ended the season by winning their second World silver medal. They moved with Dubova from Moscow to Lake Placid, New York in September 1992.
- 1992–93 - Usova / Zhulin won the European title and followed that up by winning the World title as well.
- 1994-97 - They were third at the European Championships behind Jayne Torvill / Christopher Dean and Oksana Grishuk / Evgeni Platov. At the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, they won the silver medal behind Grishuk / Platov. in 1994, they won the World Professional Figure Skating Championships in ice dancing. They joined the Champions on Ice tour, and skated for Tom Collins (producer), until 1997
1998-2000 With Evgeny Platov she continued with Champions on Ice for the next several years. They won the World Professional Figure Skating Championships in ice dancing, this time besting their former spouse/partner Oksana Grischuk who skated with Alexander Zhulin.
From 2002 to 2004, Usova helped Tatiana Tarasova and Platov coach numerous skaters, including Galit Chait / Sergei Sakhnovsky and Shizuka Arakawa. She coached at the Igloo in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. She currently coaches young ice dancers in Odintsovo, near Moscow. Usova 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|
|2000–2001||Tango from The Addams Family
by Georges Bizet
|1999–2000||The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
by Michel Legrand
Copa de la Vida/Historia de un Amor
Spente Le Stelle
by Emma Shapplin
by Édith Piaf
When You Came Into My Life
by Ludwig van Beethoven
|St. Ivel / Electric||1st||1st|
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- Harvey, Randy (February 22, 1994). "'94 WINTER LILLEHAMMER OLYMPICS : Torvill and Dean Must Face Music as Russians Win : Ice dancing: British routine doesn't go over with judges. Gritschuk and Platov get gold.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
- Hersh, Phil (February 22, 1994). "Love Triangle (plus 1) Tops Torvill And Dean". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
- Staff Writer (1994), "Champions on Ice", Program
- Staff Writer (1998), "Champions on Ice", Program
- "ISU Communication No. 1467". International Skating Union.
- 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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