Oksana BaiulAthlete, Ice Skater (1977)
Ukrainian competitor Oksana Baiul won the 1994 Olympic gold in ladies' figure skating.
Oksana Baiul Synopsis
Oksana Baiul Early LifeOlympic figure skater Oksana Sergeevna Baiul was born on November 16, 1977, in Ukraine. She is the single offspring of Sergei and Marina Baiul. Her dad relinquished the family when Oksana was as yet a little child. She found her enthusiasm for ice skating around the age of 4 and started to win rivalries when she was 7.
By the age of 13, Oksana Baiul had been stranded after the passings of her grandparents and mom. Her skating mentor, Galina Zmievskaya, took her in and turned into a surrogate parent to the youthful skater. Oksana Baiul lived with Zmievskaya's family in Odessa. As Zmievskaya disclosed to the Chicago Tribune in 1994, "You have no clue how this young lady arranged to be an Olympic hero. We had no Zamboni in the arena. I hosed down the ice myself. No Olympic victor at any point had such terrible conditions to get ready in."
Oksana Baiul Olympic ChampionIn 1993, Oksana Baiul won the World Figure Skating Championships and Ukrainian National Championships. She proceeded to beat Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, anchoring the gold decoration in ladies' figure skating. The much-exposed win happened in the wake of the Harding-Kerrigan outrage, where the spouse and partners of skater Tonya Harding purposely harmed Kerrigan.
Oksana Baiul was just 16 years of age when she accomplished her triumph at the Lillehammer Olympics—making her, at the time, just the second most youthful figure skater in history to win the gold, after Sonja Henie. (In 1998, Tara Lipinski would push forward of Oksana Baiul as the most youthful when she won gold at age 15.)
Oksana Baiul Life After the OlympicsFollowing the '94 Games, Oksana Baiul moved to the United States to skate expertly. She purchased a house in Connecticut and broke with her long-term mentor. Her own life went into a descending winding, as she combats a drinking issue. Her fixation finished in a pile-up in 1997, after which she entered a recovery program. Oksana Baiul confronted alcoholic driving accuses in the association of the accident, however, these charges were rejected after she finished a liquor training program.
That equivalent year, Oksana Baiul distributed her life account, Oksana, My Own Story, just as the book Secrets of Skating, an off-camera see her game. Spreading out in new ways, Oksana Baiul propelled a line of skating clothing in 2002, the Oksana Baiul Collection. She additionally kept on skating, performing in expert ice appears and the 2007 melodic Cold as Ice.
In 2006, Oksana Baiul showed up as a judge on the broadcast skating rivalry Master of Champions, later joining the cast of The Apprentice (season 13). She got into a fight in court in 2012 with her previous ability organization, William Morris Endeavor, over cases that WME had misused a portion of her income. While that suit was rejected, she attempted again the next year with another claim, guaranteeing that WME and a few different gatherings had cheated her of $170 million.