Debi Thomas

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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. 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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