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    Debi Thomas update

    I was surprised to see this on our local news last night and then this article in our paper this morning:

    http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News...e.php?ID=84344

    Northeast TN & Southwest VA is not exactly a hotbed of skating activity. I'm going to call the rink later this morning and see if they expect her to be back practicing this week. I would love to take my daugher up to watch.

    It's great to have her setting up a practice in our area!

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    Good for her..

    I'm going to the show on Saturday and I'm so excited to see her back on the ice.

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    Cool!

    For the first time in 14 years, Olympic bronze medalist Debi Thomas is lacing up her skates and hitting the ice.
    I assume they mean it's been 14 years since she's performed, not 14 years since she's been on the ice?
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    I've always loved Debi and admire her as much for her off ice accomplishments as her impressive on ice achievements.
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    I'll be looking forward to seeing her on the broadcast. Too bad I missed any chance of seeing skate in person, now that she's no longer in my town. Of course, I was unaware of that fact that she was on staff at the hospital here for several years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheylana View Post
    I assume they mean it's been 14 years since she's performed, not 14 years since she's been on the ice?
    When I interviewed her for my podcast last year, she told me show only skates an average of about once a year, mainly because her family suggests it to her. So I guess she's been on the ice 14 times.
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    I'm glad to read that Debi is skating again. Do any FSU posters plan to attend this show?

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    We do!

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    I want to, but I have a conflict
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    Very nice article. I remember all of the drama surrounding Debbie and Katrina
    "The Two Carmen's" back in the day. Sounds like it will be a really good show and I am looking forward to reading the reports from the folks who are lucky enough to attend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paskatefan View Post
    We do!
    Me, too. Can't wait!

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    How did I not know this about Debi? I grew up in Richlands, where it says that she is working. My parents still live there.
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    "In addition to winning the bronze medal in the 1988 Winter Games, Thomas was named skating’s World champion in 1986"

    She was NAMED skating's World Champion? By whom? Can I name this year's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Accordion View Post
    "In addition to winning the bronze medal in the 1988 Winter Games, Thomas was named skating’s World champion in 1986"

    She was NAMED skating's World Champion? By whom? Can I name this year's?
    Right? You take ladiezzzzz and I'll name the World Champion in Dance.
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    Wow - thanks for the link. I will certainly look forward to watching her skate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Civic View Post
    I'm glad to read that Debi is skating again. Do any FSU posters plan to attend this show?
    Yo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by manleywoman View Post
    When I interviewed her for my podcast last year, she told me show only skates an average of about once a year, mainly because her family suggests it to her. So I guess she's been on the ice 14 times.
    Wow. It's pretty amazing to think someone can go from having a life so massively revolved around skating, to barely stepping on foot on the ice in so many years. I admire how much she's done with her life after skating; I'm sure it's very easy for these top athletes to just settle into a skating-based life after retirement (not that there's anything wrong with that) but she's clearly a diverse, intelligent and ambitious woman. I'm jealous of those who get to go and see her skate!

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    I love when there are rinks in random, remote places.

    Debbie has definitely been on the ice in the past 14 years because there are pics of her goofing off on the ice on her facebook page.

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    I'm always so impressed when a skater can create a whole new life for themselves outside the insular world of skating. Debi is a remarkable lady and I hope that she realizes how amazing her achievments are. Still the only African American woman (or man) to win a world title and an Olympic medal to boot. And now an orthopedic surgeon! Amazing, amazing lady!

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    She posted a video of herself practicing on Facebook about a month ago. It's pretty hilarious, because it looks like it's on a really empty public session. She's racing around the ice doing the occasional 2toe, spin combo, etc, and the people around her are all holding on to the boards for dear life!
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