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Debie Thomas is an athlete and physician. She won the senior women’s title at the US Figure Skating Championship on February 8, 1986 while attending Stanford University. With this win, she became the first African-American to win a non-novice title. She got the chance to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics that was held in Calgary and took home a bronze medal. With this achievement, she became the first African- American to win a medal in any Winter Olympic sport.

This great individual was born on March 25, 1967 in Poughkeepsie, New York. She began skating at the age of five. At nine, she began participating in winning competitions. Thomas got her bachelor’s degree in 1991. She entered the medical program at Northwestern University and finished her study in 1997. Now she is an Orthopedic Surgeon, the career she dreamt of.