Baiul on a commemorative stamp
|Full name||Ukrainian: ÐžÐºÑÐ°Ð½Ð° Ð¡ÐµÑ€Ð³Ñ–Ñ—Ð²Ð½Ð° Ð‘Ð°ÑŽÐ»; Oksana Serhiyivna Baiul
Russian: ÐžÐºÑÐ°Ð½Ð° Ð¡ÐµÑ€Ð³ÐµÐµÐ²Ð½Ð° Ð‘Ð°ÑŽÐ»; Oksana Sergeyevna Baiul
|Alternative names||Oksana Baiul-Farina|
November 16, 1977 |
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Former coach||Galina Zmievskaya
|Former choreographer||Sarah Kawahara|
|Former training locations||Simsbury, Connecticut
I have a lot of different stages in my life when training has been easy or hard. Now, it seems that I have been training for so long that it has become almost second nature to me.
I wish I could compete again, but my good feeling is, these competitions are better as exhibitions.
And still I'm not completely happy with my skating. I always feel I can do more and climb higher.
Pairs skating and singles are two different things. Although some skaters have achieved this successfully, it is a very difficult transition. You're looking at double work.
I don't care what the critics say or think because I care for and love my fans.
I started taking ballet lessons when I was three and a half and I still take dance classes.
People really do spend a lot of money on their pets – sometimes more then themselves.
One of my favorite vacation places is Miami, because of the people, the water and the beach – of course – and the architecture on Miami Beach is so wonderful.
No, I'm not coaching. It's a huge responsibility to coach somebody.
I wish I could say it's easy, but honestly, to get ready for a big championship is not as easy as it seems.
Olympic Gold changed me and my life dramatically. I became a celebrity overnight and people see me as a famous skater, not a real person.
First, I have to thank God for giving me the gift that he did as well as a second chance for a better life.
I'd like to consider myself a versatile skater and I like to skate to different kinds of music.
My weaknesses are my jumps. The reason is that although I land them in practice, when I actually compete or perform, I should let my body go and stabilize my mind better. Also, I need to work on not letting negative thoughts and emotions get to me on the ice.