Confidence built-in: Oksana Baiul

Oksana Baiul - Ukrainian Ice Skating Super Star

Some Skaters seem to arrive with the star quality and bullet proof confidence of a champion.

That is the perfect description of Champion Figure Skater Oksana Baiul in her debut season. It wasn’t hard to see that this young lady was Figure Skating Champion material.

While watching on the small screen this performance may be impressive enough for a 15 year old, rest assured it was even more of a stand out performance when viewed live in the arena.

Baiul’s high tariff jumps and fast spins meant her technical prowess was easily right up with the top ranking figure skaters of her time. So what set her apart?

The magic ingredient that this Ukrainian Figure Skater had in spades was projection of her personality. It was Oksana’s bright and bold presentation with every move and gesture, never afraid of making eye contact with audience, judges and TV camera lenses alike. Even the folks in the cheap seats (are there ever any at a major Figure Skating Championships?) could feel the exuberance and energy.

So what can we learn from Ms. Baiul for our next competition? Open up and let the audience and judges see how much you enjoy your skating. Our jumps and spins and technical elements are important. But it’s not just what we do, it’s the way that we do it!

Enjoy the first World Stage performance of Champion Figure Skater, Oksana Baiul!

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