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An Interview With 1994 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Oksana Baiul

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Oksana Baiul

Oksana Baiul

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Oksana Baiul was only sixteen years old when she won Olympic gold in 1994. In August, 2011, she spoke with About.com's Guide to Figure Skating, Jo Ann Schneider Farris.

Oksana, you wrote the following on Facebook on August 9, 2011:

"I understood today, at a practice, why I am who I am. I love being on the ice and I love expressing myself. I must be diferent than everybody else. I like to skate and be different. Sometimes I feel like a clown and sometimes a feel like a graceful idiot!"

What are you trying to tell your friends and fans?

"On Facebook today, I was trying to tell everyone that skating is my passion. I am so lucky! I've had a wonderful life and I want to share the joy and passion I have for skating with everyone I meet, at the rink or online."

How has Facebook helped you to share your passion and love of figure skating?

"I love Facebook because I can talk to my fans directly. Facebook is GREAT! It's the best thing I ever did. In only three months, I have over 3500 friends! Wow, do I feel loved!"

Why are you so open and friendly with everyone you meet?

"I consider every person who skates or loves figure skating a part of my family. I do not have a family of my own, so I feel connected with every skater and fan."

What are you doing these days?

"I'm doing all sorts of fun things. I have lived in New Jersey for the past fifteen years. I have a view of New York City from my residence and I can see the water when I wake up in the morning. I go to the beach quite often. I must be near the water since it makes me so happy!"

Are you doing any performances?

"I haven't done much performing for the past four years, but I have done some charity work appearances. For example, I went to the Ukraine and did seminars and interviews. That was so fun! I've skated for causes like Tim David's One Step Closer benefit show which helped to fight HIV/AIDS.

I am thinking about doing a certain show and another love story type skating movie is in the works. I can't say too much about either since nothing is definite yet.

I would like to put on a benefit to help Japan. What happened there was so awful. I would also like to skate a program with an Asian theme."

Tell me about why you are looking forward to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi?

"The 2014 Olympics will be the twentieth anniversary of my Olympic victory. I am the first and only Olympic champion from the Ukraine in any winter sport and the only singles women's figure skating Olympic champion that came out of Russia and the Soviet system. I can't wait for the Sochi Olympics since I will celebrate figure skating with new Olympians, but also, I do know I will be recognized for my achievements."

Do you have anything else that you'd like to share?

"I am a very spiritual and religious individual. God is great. God gave me a gift. I would like to share that gift with people through expressing myself on the ice and I want to use it to help people. Life is the greatest gift we have. I want to live life to the fullest. People don't always know where they are going, but I know where I am going. I'm here to share that message with the world!"

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