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March 05, 2003

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What: "Biography: Oksana Baiul: After The Glory."

When: A&E, today, 5 p.m.

Worldwide interest in figure skating was at an all-time high leading up to the 1994 Olympics, mostly because of the rivalry between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.

Sentimental favorite Kerrigan narrowly lost the Olympic gold to an orphan from the Ukraine, Oksana Baiul, whose balletic performance captivated many of those watching.

Fame soon followed for the 16-year-old, but the Olympics would be the last competition she won.

Her rise and downfall after a late-night drunk driving accident in 1998 is chronicled in an A&E Biography tonight.

Interviews with Baiul, fiance Gene Sunik, Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano and former friends and coaches help put together a portrait of the troubled skater who ultimately took control of her life.

After a series of public troubles, Baiul has put the past behind her and speaks with optimism about her future.

-- Valerie Gutierrez

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