About the Author - Oksana Baiul

Oksana Serhiyivna Baiul-Farina (Ukrainian: Оксана Сергіївна Баюл-Фаріна; born 16 November 1977) is a Ukrainian retired competitive figure skater. She is the 1993 World champion and the 1994 Olympic champion in ladies' singles. Baiul is the first and only skater representing Ukraine to win gold at the Winter Olympics. She is also the first Olympic champion of independent Ukraine in any sport. After winning the gold medal in 1994, she decided to turn professional in order to tour in the United Sta...

Oksana Serhiyivna Baiul-Farina (Ukrainian: Оксана Сергіївна Баюл-Фаріна; born 16 November 1977) is a Ukrainian retired competitive figure skater. She is the 1993 World champion and the 1994 Olympic champion in ladies' singles. Baiul is the first and only skater representing Ukraine to win gold at the Winter Olympics. She is also the first Olympic champion of independent Ukraine in any sport. After winning the gold medal in 1994, she decided to turn professional in order to tour in the United States and have a career based on her skating. She followed one of her coaches to Connecticut. Later, she also became involved in a variety of TV appearances, and benefit skates, after treatment for alcohol addiction. She has lived in the United States since 1994.

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