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    The great thing about Debi is that if you comment on her facebook page, she's very likely to respond!

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    I had the thrill of a lifetime today. I got to meet and talk to Debi Thomas at the press conference for the Tribute Show. She was amazingly down-to-earth. She introduced my friend and me to her very handsome son. She looks fabulous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanette View Post
    I had the thrill of a lifetime today. I got to meet and talk to Debi Thomas at the press conference for the Tribute Show. She was amazingly down-to-earth. She introduced my friend and me to her very handsome son. She looks fabulous!
    Great to hear that Debi made it - she had been injured around Thanksgiving time. Enjoy the show!

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    Quote Originally Posted by manleywoman View Post
    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!
    I saw those and wondered if the public had any idea who she was. You think they realized they were on the ice with a former world champ and Olympic silver medalist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanette View Post
    I had the thrill of a lifetime today. I got to meet and talk to Debi Thomas at the press conference for the Tribute Show. She was amazingly down-to-earth. She introduced my friend and me to her very handsome son. She looks fabulous!
    Wow! Good for you!

    Thanks for the video link, ice dance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinner View Post
    I saw those and wondered if the public had any idea who she was. You think they realized they were on the ice with a former world champ and Olympic silver medalist?
    *smacks self in head* Um...bronze medalist

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    Here's Debi's skate to 'Burlesque'. You go girl!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XyBM0YP8gA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximillian View Post
    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!
    You know something...I'd post my thoughts, but since Maximillian said all I was going to say, I just thought I'd quote him instead.

    Seriously, Debi really is quite the impressive lady. I only wish I'd gotten a chance to see her perform. So jealous of those who went to the show this weekend.

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    Here's some new baby Debi vids I just found. Absolute gems. She was dynamite!!

    1980 Nationals Novice LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou1Dj...eature=related

    1980 Junior SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v73_X...eature=related

    1980 Junior LP and 1984 US Nationals SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq2Xq...eature=related

    1984 US Nationals LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymOft...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by floskate View Post
    Here's some new baby Debi vids I just found. Absolute gems. She was dynamite!!

    1980 Nationals Novice LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou1Dj...eature=related

    1980 Junior SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v73_X...eature=related

    1980 Junior LP and 1984 US Nationals SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq2Xq...eature=related

    1984 US Nationals LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymOft...eature=related
    WOOHOO! Am so excited to watch these!

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    Quote Originally Posted by floskate View Post
    Here's some new baby Debi vids I just found. Absolute gems. She was dynamite!!

    1980 Nationals Novice LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou1Dj...eature=related

    1980 Junior SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v73_X...eature=related

    1980 Junior LP and 1984 US Nationals SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq2Xq...eature=related

    1984 US Nationals LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymOft...eature=related
    A great way to spend a grey afternoon...with a great champion!

    Thanks!

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    I believe she was 6th at US Nats in '84. With Roz out, Tiffany Chin and Jill Frost injured, didn't she have the opportunity to compete at '84 Worlds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    I believe she was 6th at US Nats in '84. With Roz out, Tiffany Chin and Jill Frost injured, didn't she have the opportunity to compete at '84 Worlds?
    The U.S. didn't submit the names for any alternates that year so not only would 4th place finisher Frost not been allowed to compete had she not been injured, but 5th place finisher Kathryn Adams could not either, let alone Debi down in 6th.

    It wound up being a real shame for Adams as it was her only opportunity to compete at Worlds and she lost it due to a dumb admin. error on the part of USFS

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    This was my intrduction to Debi - Atlanta 1980.
    A great memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximillian View Post
    The U.S. didn't submit the names for any alternates that year so not only would 4th place finisher Frost not been allowed to compete had she not been injured, but 5th place finisher Kathryn Adams could not either, let alone Debi down in 6th.

    It wound up being a real shame for Adams as it was her only opportunity to compete at Worlds and she lost it due to a dumb admin. error on the part of USFS
    I've seen a few clips of Frost and she was good. What was Adams like?

    Anyway, there is an '84 Worlds feature pinning the admin. error on (then future) USFSA President, Claire Fergeson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essence_of_soy View Post
    I've seen a few clips of Frost and she was good. What was Adams like?

    Anyway, there is an '84 Worlds feature pinning the admin. error on (then future) USFSA President, Claire Fergeson.
    I remember Frost as having good basics. She was actually a threat for the '85 Worlds team but went to Nats injured and couldn't move above 4th [again]. She may have even finished lower. IDK.

    I just remember Adams as blonde, youthful. She would continue on thru the '85 - '86 season I think but she disappeared well before Calgary '88

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