Oksana Baiul Best Quotes

Oksana Baiul is a retired Ukrainian figure skater. She is the 1993 World champion and the 1994 Olympic champion in ladies’ singles. Baiul is the first and so far the only skater to win gold at the Winter Olympics representing Ukraine. Enjoy Oksana Baiul’s best quotes below.

“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 started taking ballet lessons when I was three and a half and I still take dance classes.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I skate now for fun and to keep myself in shape.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Actually I dance really well on the floor.”
“I come to Fashion Week events in New York City twice a year.”
“I don’t care what the critics say or think because I care for and love my fans.”
“I use Graf Edmonton for boots and John Wilson blades.”
“I want kids to enjoy skating and I think it’s a great workout.”
“I will try to make a doll of Oksana with a little dog.”
“I’d like to consider myself a versatile skater and I like to skate to different kinds of music.”
“Now, I don’t make decisions as fast as I used to.”
“Professional competitions are overrated.”
“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.”
“No, I’m not coaching. It’s a huge responsibility to coach somebody.”
“People really do spend a lot of money on their pets – sometimes more then themselves.”
“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.”

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