Debi Thomas
American figure skater
Debi Thomas
0Debi ThomasPersonal informationFull name: Debra Janine ThomasCountry represented: File:Flag of the United States. svg United StatesDate of birth: March 25, 1967 (age 45)Place of birth: Poughkeepsie, New YorkHeight: 1.67 m (5 ft 5⁄2 in)Former coach: Alex McGowanSkating club: Los Angeles Figure Skating Club Medal record Competitor for the File:Flag of the United States.
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History-Making Olympic Skater Debi Thomas Now Broke and Jobless
ABC News - over 1 year
Former Olympian Debi Thomas has opened up about hitting rock bottom, admitting she is broke, jobless and that her life off the ice is 'totally unmanageable.'
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How An Olympic Icon Ended Up Living In A Bug-Infested Trailer
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Skates, Skis and Olympic Medals
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
For a little over 100 years, women have been able to participate as athletes in the Olympic Games. As the Olympics take place in Sochi, let's take this opportunity to remember and celebrate American women who have participated in and won Olympic Medals in winter sports. Although a Norwegian figure skater when she won gold medals at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics, Sonja Henie became an American citizen in 1941. She started skiing after receiving her first pair of skates when she was six years old. After dominating the ranks of figure skaters, Henie became a movie star. Her first movie, One in a Million, was released in 1936 and featured her skating. She graced the cover of Time magazine in 1939 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been inducted into several sports Halls of Fames and is one of many Olympic athletes featured in the book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. Like Henie, figure skater Peggy Fleming started skating at a young ...
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Hasbro's CEO Hosts Investor Day Conference (Transcript)
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Now I'm going to kick things off with a strategic overview, then Deb Thomas is going to give you a financial update; followed by John Frascotti, our Chief Marketing Officer, who'll lead us in a review ...
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Sports names and faces: Rachael Flatt, Chris Drury - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Skater Debi Thomas, who won Olympic bronze in 1988, also went to Stanford. The Rangers' captain retired from the NHL on Friday after 12 seasons, unable to hook up with a new team after New York bought out the final year of his contract
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Providing friendship and charitable work - Charlotte Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Perhaps that's what club founders Sally Carlin and Debi Thomas intended 24 years ago when they launched UCWG, as a means for women throughout the area to meet and form friendships. "They started it because the University area, as I always say,
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Gliding Towards Accomplishment In Life - Connecticut Law Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
They included Dr. Debi Thomas, a physician who in 1988 was the first African American to win a medal in the Winter Olympics. Another was Paul Wylie, a silver medalist in the 1992 winter games who trained at the Skating Club of Boston
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Ms. Kwan Goes to Washington - Chicago Breaking Sports - Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
"I always looked at Dick Button (Harvard) and Tenley Albright (Harvard) and Debi Thomas (Stanford),'' she said. "You emulate them.'' Albright and Thomas are medical doctors. Kwan was made an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters last year at Southern
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Wheaton Drama Reaches Out to the Community and Blends History and the Future - TribLocal
Google News - almost 6 years
As our students transition into adulthood, it becomes more important than ever to foster relationships with community members as well as community organizations”, says Debi Thomas, Vocational Coordinator of Transition South. Excitement is running high
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Olympic figure skater Flatt set to begin new chapter in her life - Bellingham Herald
Google News - almost 6 years
Former Boulder, Colo., resident Debi Thomas won national and world titles as a freshman at Stanford in 1986, then won the 1988 Olympic bronze before she earned an engineering degree. Paul Wylie, the 1992 Olympic silver medalist, and 2007 US runner-up
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INSIDE THE RINGS; How Russia's Grip on Pairs Skating Ended
NYTimes - about 7 years
One of sport's towering winning streaks ended Monday night when gold medals were awarded in Olympic pairs skating and not placed around the necks of a couple from the former Soviet Union or Russia. The last time this happened -- 1960 -- was a year before the Berlin Wall was built and two years before the Cuban missile crisis. Since 1964, Soviet or
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U.S. OPEN; After Trailblazer Is Honored, Williamses Carry On Her Legacy
NYTimes - over 9 years
On her way to the court on opening night at the United States Open, Venus Williams seemed momentarily flummoxed. In the hallway from the locker room at Arthur Ashe Stadium, she was greeted yesterday by an array of stars, an eye-popping lineup of African-American women who came to honor the tennis icon Althea Gibson. Williams paused to kiss Jackie
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2006 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES -- SPEEDSKATING: MEN'S 1,000 METERS; Determined Skater Makes History With Fierce Charge to the Gold
NYTimes - about 11 years
As Shani Davis took a final lap around the speedskating oval Saturday to celebrate his victory in the 1,000 meters, the first individual Olympic gold medal won by a black athlete in a Winter Games, an overwhelmingly Dutch crowd set aside color and nationalism to celebrate a spectacular performance. In the moments after the race, the only color
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The Making of an Ice Princess
NYTimes - about 11 years
Though floral tributes have long been discouraged at skating competitions -- petals and stems are dangerous underfoot -- the twiggy-limbed preadolescents deployed to clear the ice are still called flower girls, as if they were at a wedding. For them, at least, the events are joyous: all dress-up and no comedown. At the Skate America competition in
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Sports of The Times; It Was an Amazing Night for Hughes
NYTimes - about 15 years
Four years are a very long time to wait particularly if you are 17, as Michelle Kwan was in Nagano in 1998. She cried when Tara Lipinski dashed out and took the gold, but Kwan soon decided to try again in 2002, and the next four years began. Last night it went bad all over again for Kwan. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Hughes, skating with joy and maturity
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Sports of The Times; Can There Be a Do-Over in Skating?
NYTimes - about 15 years
The whole world is watching. At the very least, the figure-skating judges are now on notice. They cannot casually write down the grades that they mentally assigned to skaters weeks and months ago. They must upgrade their senses and put aside their prejudices and their allegiances. The whole world is watching. The pressure is not coming from roars
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FIGURE SKATING; A Pioneer at the Rink Is Proud of Her Legacy
NYTimes - about 16 years
Growing up in New York in the 1930's, Mabel Fairbanks watched other kids skating in Central Park, twirling and spinning on the ice, and she ached to join them. But she could not. Fairbanks was an African-American living in Harlem, and as far as the skating community was concerned, little girls like Fairbanks had no business lacing up their skates
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Debi Thomas
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 47
    She was featured in the November 7, 2015, episode of the television series, Iyanla: Fix My Life, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
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    In November 2015, reports stated that she was living in a bed bug-infested trailer in the Appalachian mountains with her fiance who was struggling with anger and alcohol issues.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas stated that she was "broke", having lost most of her savings through her two divorces and failed medical practice, and had lost custody of her son when he was 13.
    She holds no active licenses in Virginia, Indiana, California, or Arkansas as of November 5, 2015.
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    Department of Health Professions held an informal conference on September 23, 2015, regarding the status of her medical license to practice, but took no further action, noting that her license was already expired and had not been renewed.
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  • 2014
    Age 46
    Her medical license in Virginia expired in March 2014.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    As of December 2010, Thomas was in private practice at ORTHO X-cellence Debra J. Thomas, MD, PC in the diminishing coal-mining town of Richlands, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details However, the practice soon fell behind on its bill payments due to the sparse and poverty-stricken population of the area and Thomas' lack of business experience, and has ceased operation.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    In September 2007, she began working at Carle Clinic in Urbana, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details During her medical career, while she was skilled at doing the procedures and well-liked by patients, she had difficulty working with other doctors due to her personality, and went from clinic to clinic never staying longer than one year.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    In July 2006, she began a one-year fellowship at the Dorr Arthritis Institute at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, California, for sub-specialty training in adult reconstructive surgery.
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    She was also selected by President George W. Bush to be part of the U.S. Delegation for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin Italy along with other former Olympians: Dorothy Hamill, Eric Heiden, Kerri Strug, and Herschel Walker.
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  • 2005
    Age 37
    Thomas went on to become a practicing orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement. In June 2005, she graduated from the Orthopaedic Residency Program at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details She spent the next year preparing for Step I of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons' exam and working at King-Drew Medical Center as a junior attending physician specialist.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 28
    After their relationship ended, she married a sports attorney, Chris Bequette, in autumn 1996.
    More Details Hide Details They had a son named Christopher Jules "Luc" Bequette (b. 1997) before divorcing. She and fiance Jamie Looney now live with his two sons, Ethan and Austin in southwest Virginia. Thomas was diagnosed with bipolar disorder by April 2012.
  • 1991
    Age 23
    She graduated from Stanford in 1991 with a degree in engineering and from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas followed this with a surgical residency at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital and an orthopedic surgery residency at the Martin Luther King Jr./Charles Drew University Medical Center in South Central Los Angeles.
  • 1989
    Age 21
    In February 1989, Thomas ranked 12th in the Q Score athlete standings, the only woman in the top 22.
    More Details Hide Details She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000.
    She also won the title in 1989 and 1991.
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  • 1988
    Age 20
    Thomas married Brian Vander Hogen on March 15, 1988 in Boulder, Colorado.
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    She performed for Stars on Ice and won the 1988 World Professional Championships in Landover, Maryland.
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    Thomas won the bronze medal at the 1988 World Championships and then retired from amateur skating.
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    At the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary, she and Katarina Witt engaged in a rivalry that the media dubbed the "Battle of the Carmens", as both women skated their long programs to the music of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas skated strong compulsory figures and performed well in the short program to an instrumental version of "Something in My House" by Dead or Alive. In the long program, she made mistakes on a number of jumps and placed fourth in that segment of the competition. Overall, she finished third and won the bronze medal, behind Witt and Canadian skater Elizabeth Manley (Thomas fell from first place going into the long program to third place overall in the final standings). By winning the bronze medal, Thomas became the first black athlete to win any medal at the Winter Olympics.
    In January 1988, she reclaimed the U.S. national title.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Age 19
    Thomas relocated to Boulder, Colorado in the winter of 1987–88 to prepare for the Olympics.
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    In 1987, Thomas suffered with Achilles tendinitis in both ankles and struggled at the U.S. Nationals, placing second to Jill Trenary.
    More Details Hide Details She rebounded at the World Championships, finishing a close second to East German skater Katarina Witt.
  • 1986
    Age 18
    Thomas won both the 1986 U.S. national title and the 1986 World Championships; those achievements earned Thomas the ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year award that year.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first female athlete to win those titles while attending college full-time since Tenley Albright in the 1950s. She was the first African-American to hold U.S. National titles in ladies' singles figure skating. Thomas was a pre-med student at Stanford University during this time although it was unusual for a top U.S. skater to go to college at the same time as competing. That year she received a Candace Award for Trailblazing from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
    She is the 1986 World champion, the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist, and a two-time U.S. national champion.
    More Details Hide Details Her rivalry with East Germany's Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle of the Carmens. Thomas was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and grew up in San Jose, California. Her parents divorced when she was young. Her mother worked as a computer programming analyst in Sunnyvale, California. Thomas started skating at age 5 in San Jose. She competed in her first figure skating competition at age 9, finishing in first place. From then on, she was hooked on competitive skating. She attributes most of her success to her mother who sacrificed to drive her over 100 miles a day between home, school, and the ice rink. As a young child, Thomas was coached by Barbara Toigo Vitkovits at Eastridge Mall in San Jose. At age 10, Thomas was introduced to Scottish skating coach Alex McGowan.
  • 1983
    Age 15
    In 1983, she began to represent the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club, which launched her career.
    More Details Hide Details McGowan would remain her coach until she retired from amateur competition at age 21.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on March 25, 1967.
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