Only child of Sergei and Marina Baiul. Her father abandoned the
family when she was 2, and she began skating at 4. Her grandfather,
grandmother, and mother all died within 3 years, and Oksana was
alone at 13. She moved in with her new skating coach, and trained
for the Ukranian National Championships and 1993 World
Championships, both of which she won. In 1994, she won the Olympic
gold medal, after injuring herself during a practice session. After
the Olympics, she moved to the United States, and has skated in
professional tours, such as Stars on Ice, since her Olympic
victory. After a battle with alcohol, Oksana is now sober and
training in Richmond, Virginia. She hopes to regain her amateur
skating status and compete in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake
City, Utah. She has written 2 books, "Oksana, My Own Story" and
"Secrets of Skating".
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).