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Encyclopedia > Debi Thomas

Dr. Debi Thomas (born March 25, 1967) was a figure skater and was the first African American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. She won the bronze medal at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary in the year that Katarina Witt won the gold. While a pre-med student at Stanford University, Thomas won both the 1986 U.S. National and World Figure Skating titles, defeating Tiffany Chin and Witt respectively, becoming the first and only African American to hold those titles. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000.


After her figure skating career, Thomas went back to school in order to become an orthopedic surgeon. She still remains involved in the figure skating world as a frequent committee member and judge.


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  • ESPN.com: Where are they now? Debi Thomas (http://espn.go.com/skating/news/2000/0209/345701.html)

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Debi Thomas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (193 words)
Debi Thomas, M.D. (born March 25, 1967) was a figure skater and was the first African American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.
She won the bronze medal at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary in the year that Katarina Witt won the gold; both skated to the music of Bizet's Carmen.
While a pre-med student at Stanford University, Thomas won both the 1986 U.S. National and World Figure Skating titles, defeating Tiffany Chin and Witt respectively, becoming the first and only African American to hold those titles.
ESPN.com - SKATING - Where are they now? Debi Thomas (1017 words)
Thomas burst onto the figure skating scene in 1986, when she won the national and world championships during her freshman year at Stanford University.
Debi Thomas: That was probably one of the best experiences that I've ever had in skating.
Debi Thomas: It is great to be a part of the whole skating family, and it makes me feel ecstatic that my name will be among the greats of the sport.
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