Maya Usova, born May 22, 1965 in Gorky, now known as Nizhny Novgorod, is a Russian ice dancer. She won the 1993 World Championships with partner and then-husband Alexander Zhulin. They also won bronze and silver medals at the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games, respectively.

Usova and Zhulin later divorced. They skated professionally together for four years before parting company. Usova then skated with former ice dancing rival and fellow countryman Evgeny Platov, who had won two Olympic gold medals with Oksana Grishuk.

Between 2002 and 2004, Usova helped Tatiana Tarasova and skating partner Evgeny Platov coach numerous skaters, including ice dancers Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhnovsky and Japanese singles skater Shizuka Arakawa. She is married to a Russian professor in medicine and currently coaches at the Princeton Sports Center, in Princeton, New Jersey.[1]

Usova is an International Technical Specialist for Russia.[2]

Off the ice, she has appeared in several Marlboro advertisements in Russia.


  1., January 2, 2009
  2. ISU Communication No. 1467 (pdf)

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