It's my first post, so please be gentle It's going to be a bit of a muddled post, but I hope you'll be able to make sense of it...
I must admit I had a slight obsession with Grishuk & Platov in the 90's. I think it was Oksana (Pasha)'s incredible skating and Evgeny's elegant good looks that made them so irresistible to me. In my opinion, their speed and skating could not be matched and they were so exciting to watch they almost lit the ice on fire! However, I don't think there has ever been a more controversial ice dance pair that split opinions as much as they did.
Rather than discuss their skating, which I'm sure has been done on this board many times before, I had some questions about their tribulations off the ice and I thought the knowledgeable people on here would know a lot more gossip than me.
Obviously, Grishuk's affair with Alexander Zhulin is well known, but I have read some claims that she was also the cause of Platov's marriage break up and that Platov (indecently) propositioned both her and later Maya Usova. Both have turned him down Also, Grishuk has been linked to Alexei Urmanov. Does anyone know if any of this is true?
I don't know what all these women saw in Zhulin. Platov was so much more handsome. Although I thought it was awful that he left Grishuk the way he did (if Grishuk's claims in the press are to be believed) and I never liked Usova. Despite my slight crush on Platov I thought he and Usova were painfully boring to watch. I don't think he would have achieved anything without Grishuk.
Anyway, let me know what you all think