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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

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.

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Born in 1940, Wilma Rudolph overcame great obstacles during her childhood to become a world class track and field athlete. She won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympic Games and became the first black woman to achieve such Olympic success.

Debbie Thomas Figure Skater First African-American to win a medal in the sport at the 1988 Winter Olympics

February 27, 1988 Debi Thomas (figure skater) becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games.

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Debi Thomas African American Figure Skating Champion and Legend

Debi Thomas is the only African American who ever won a medal in the Olympics in figure skating.

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Everything You Need to Know About Olympic Figure Skating

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The Hindenburg floating over Berlin's Olympic Stadium during the 1936 Olympics opening ceremony. [1172x1600] - Imgur

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A Celebration of Black Female Athletes

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.