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Debi Thomas - In 1986, while a full-time college student, figure skater Debi Thomas became the first black woman to win the US Figure Skating national title. She went on that year to also win the World Figure Skating Championships.
Surya Bonaly - France - 1998: Surya Bonaly is a three-time World silver medalist, a five-time European champion, and a nine-time French national champion. She is best known for her amazing free skate at the 1998 Winter Olympics, when she completed a one-bladed back flip. To this day she is the only skater to ever do this - not the only female figure skater, the only figure skater period. #womens #history #black #women #athletes #winter #olympics #sochi
Debi Thomas was the first African-American to hold U.S. National titles in ladies' singles figure skating. At the peak of her skating career, Debi was also a pre-med student at Stanford University. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000 and currently practices medicine as an orthopedic surgeon.