Looking back on the 80s Debi Thomas is a skater I like alot and have a tremendous amount of admiration for. Her skating abilities at the time were extremely complete being one of the Worlds best in compulsory figures, being one of the best and most athletic jumpers, having excellent spins and footwork, very strong basic skating, and even though some criticized her artistry she was a powerful skater with a very nice line (better than Witt's by far IMO), strong positions, and a nice musical sense. Her choreography wasnt always the best, but she improved greatly in that area with her short programs of 87 and 88, and her 88 long program.
What I liked most about her though was how she was able to combine being a full time medical student, and still practicing and competing at the highest level as both an amateur and pro for so many years. She also had a great attitude and her casual and refreshingly candid comments and views on everything were rare to see in the sport. It is a shame she did end her career as the 88 Olympic and World Champion. Both titles were there for the taking for her, and would have elevated her career to a new stratosphere altogether. It is also great to see someone who was willing to make skating just a chapter in their life and move on to something bigger and better by becoming a doctor. You rarely see that as well.