1994 Olympic GOLD Medalist & World Champion!
When Oksana Baiul was three years old, she received her first pair of ice skates from her Grandfather. By just seven years old, she already won her first competition. The Ukrainian Skating Federation immediately took notice of her natural balletic style on the ice.
In 1994, at 16 years old, the world watched as Oksana captivated our hearts & won the Olympic Gold Medal, proving that she is literally the Best in the World! Oksana moved to the United States, turned professional and Barbara Walter's named her "One of the 10 Most Fascinating Personalities of 1994."
Born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, she was an only child of parents who divorced when she was two. Her mother and her grandparents raised Oksana. When Oksana was 10, her grandparents died. Tragically, three years later, her mother died of ovarian cancer. Soon after, Oksana's was totally alone.
Since her victory in Lillehammer, Oksana has kept busy participating in figure skating tours and competitions around the country, including Champions on Ice, CBS Sports Olympic Winterfest, the Goodwill Games, and many more.
Oksana's life story was depicted in a CBS TV movie, A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story. Oksana has published two New York Times Best Selling books, Secrets of Skating/Oksana Baiul; Oksana, My Own Story. Oksana has been profiled in several televised biographies including Lifetime and A&E's Networks.
In 2003, Oksana returned to her hometown of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine to meet her grandmother and father for the first time. Her heartfelt story was featured on ABC’s 20/20 and featured in People Magazine.
Oksana also launced her clothing line called the Oksana Baiul Collection, a figure skating apparel line created and designed by Oksana herself.
Currently, Oksana can be found on the ice training at Westchester Skating Academy preparing for her upcoming professional comeback after taking a few years off!