Today’s person of interest is Debi Thomas.

Debra Janine “Debi” Thomas (born March 25, 1967) is an American figure skater and physician. She is the 1986 World champion and 1988 Olympic bronze medalist, having taken part in the Battle of the Carmens at those games.

Thomas burst onto the national stage by winning the 1986 United States Nationals.

Her Winning Performance from the 1986 World Championships

1986 World Exhibition Performance

Going into the 1988 Winter Olympics, the setup began with Thomas winning the 1988 United States Championship

The Short Program from the 1988 Winter Olympics

The Long Program from the 1988 Winter Olympics, where Thomas wound up winning the Bronze Medal.

As a young Black girl who was obsessed with figure skating, the appearance of Thomas on the scene was so inspirational, I can barely describe it. But, I always respected that she took her education so seriously and went onto become the doctor that she said she would become. That there was life after skating.

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