Baiul's father, Sergei, left the family when Oksana was two, and her mother, Marina, died when Oksana was 13. She settled in the U.S. a few months after winning the gold in 1994, eventually living alone in Simsbury, Conn., drinking and partying to excess. In '98 she entered a rehab center, and says she hasn't had a drink since. At a Christmas party in 2000 she met a fellow Ukrainian, Gene Sunik, a clothier who had never heard of her. Last summer Sunik proposed, and last year they launched the Oksana Baiul Collection, a line of women's and girls' skating apparel. Sunik deals with the logistics; Baiul roughly sketches, chooses the fabrics and approves the designs.
Later this year Baiul, 25, plans to travel with Sunik to her hometown of Dnipropetrovs'k to reconnect with her father. "I want to start a family soon," she says, "but I also want to find the part of my family I never knew."