She represented FSC "Ukraine" (Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk). Baiul took the silver medal at the 1993 European Championships in Helsinki, finishing second to Surya Bonaly of France.Prior to the 1993 World Championships in Prague, she crashed into the boards and displaced disks in her back and neck, Ranked second in the short program and first in the free skate, she finished ahead of Bonaly and became world champion at age 15.Oksana Baiul (born November 16, 1977) is a Ukrainian former competitive figure skater.
Baiul said later that her drinking problems began during this tour, she said: "Except myself, nearly all the figure skaters on the bus were grown-ups, and it was full of alcohol.
In 1994, Baiul won the silver medal at the European Championships in Copenhagen, again finishing second to Bonaly, at the 1994 Winter Olympics, she was second to Nancy Kerrigan after the short program of Ladies' singles.
During a practice session before the long program, she collided with Germany's Tanja Szewczenko, sustaining a wrenched lower back and a small cut on her right shin, which required three stitches, she received two Olympic-approved pain-killing injections of anesthetics in her lower back and shoulder, which enabled her to compete in the free skate.
Baiul had a role in the skating stage musical, Cold as Ice.
The story explores six skaters from Canada, Russia, and the United States preparing for their national championships and the Olympics while dealing with demanding coaches, stage mothers, stage coaches, and other trials.She won the Olympic gold medal at age of 16 years and 101 days, became one of the youngest figure skating Olympic champions. Baiul was announced as the winner after Surya Bonaly and Katarina Witt completed their respective programs; in addition to her Olympic title, she was also named Merited Master of Sports by Ukraine in 1994.