I've always seen Usova's first name spelled "Maya" in the Roman alphabet. Alexander is a classic name with a long history, popular in many countries. I believe the similarity in names is just a coincidence.
I recall reading somewhere that Maia and Alex had, on rare occasions, enjoyed pulling someone's leg by claiming they were named after Usova and Zhulin. Unfortunately, I can't remember where I read that.
I never associated their names with U/Z either. Probably because she was Maya and he was Sasha
That’s interesting about the Shibs’ Japanese names as well, I always thought to myself that Maia was the perfect name for an ice dancer of Japanese descent - 舞亜 = mai-a = ‘dance-Asia’
I wish I saw more Zhulin/Shibs interaction though while they were competing against Bobrova/Soloviev. I do remember hearing about members of his team and the Russian Fed were recording the Shibs throughout their 2016 Skate America FD performance though. I do remember he has had nice things to say about them and their technical skill. I kind of want to see a video of the Shibs reacting to Usova/Zhulin programs and vice versa.