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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Skate World Speculates About Baiul

SIMSBURY, Connecticut -- It started with an automobile accident in January. Then there was the split with her coach in March. Today, her $450,000, nine-room Simsbury home is for sale.


All signs point to Oksana Baiul leaving Connecticut. But no one seems to know where the 1994 Olympic gold medalist and '93 world champion will land.


"I haven't heard from Oksana or seen her since June," said Bob Young, executive director of the International Skating Center of Connecticut, Baiul's home rink for nearly three years. "Neither has Galina [Zmievskaya, her former coach]."


There have been many changes for Baiul since she won the gold medal at age 16.


Over the next several months, Baiul grew several inches and filled out. She dyed her hair different shades of blonde. She neglected her training. Old neck and back injuries returned.


Then after a night of underaged drinking in Hartford on Jan. 12, Baiul was driving her Mercedes nearly 160 kilometers per hour, police said, when she lost control and crashed into a tree in Bloomfield. Baiul was later arrested and charged with drunk driving.


The breakup with Zmievskaya, her only coach for six years, came two months later. Baiul first was rumored to be moving to a training base in California in May.


"I heard she was moving to New York," Young said. "Last month, I heard she was moving to L.A.


"I haven't tried to call her. I don't know. I hope she's doing well."