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French figure skaters Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur - the first black figure skating couple to compete at the Olympic Games. Read more: http://www.oprah.com/world/Highlights-from-the-2010-Vancouver-Olympic-Games/7#ixzz22PunRddO

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Gabrielle Douglas- Gabby is the first woman of color of any nationality & the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion.

Mabel Fairbanks was an African American figure skater and ice skating coach. Her strength and determination paved the way for African Americans and other figure skaters from minority backgrounds to be part of the sport. Mabel Fairbanks was born on November 14, 1916 in New York City.

Caroline Still Wiley Anderson, (Wm. Still's daughter) educator and physician, was born November 1, 1848 in Philadelphia, PA. In 1868, she graduated from Oberlin College, where she was the only black woman in her class, and returned to Philadelphia to teach. She later taught at Howard U. She became a medical doctor in 1878 the state’s first black female doctor. She ran the Berean Dispensary which served poor women and children. Berean Manual Training and Industrial School .

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Photographic evidence that Russia's teen phenom figure skater is a human pretzel

Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia competes during the figure skating team ladies short program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

August 13, 1982 Shani Davis, speed skater and the first black athlete to win a Gold Medal in an individual Olympic Winter Games sport, was born in Chicago, Illinois.

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Katarina Witt - 1984 and 1988 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Two Time Olympic Figure Skating Champion Katarina Witt

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Olympic Women Figure Skaters You Should Know

Michelle Kwan - Figure Skating Legend ... Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.

I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live. - Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School