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Remembering the Women During Black History Month

Posted by sherrysaunders on February 8, 2012

This Day In History

Saluting a Misbehavin’ Woman

On February 8, 1986 Stanford University pre-med student Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women’s Singles at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition.  In that same year she  was named Wide World of Sports’ Athlete of the Year. Two years later she added a second national title and won a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000.

After earning three world professional skating championships, Thomas graduated from Stanford in 1991 with a degree in engineering and from Northwestern University Medical School in 1997.

In June 2005, Thomas graduated from the Orthopaedic Residency Program at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles.  In July 2006, she began a one-year fellowship at the Dorr Arthritis Institute at Centinela Hospital in California, for sub-specialty training in adult reconstructive surgery. She currently works as an Orthopedic Surgeon.

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