That is a lesson Dr. Debi Thomas is applying to her life these days. Thomas blazed her way into the hearts of America in 1988 as one of the world’s premier skaters, and history maker as the first African-American to medal in the Winter Olympics.
As superb as she was on the ice rink, she was even more accomplished in academia.
Thomas graduated with a degree in engineering from Stanford University, and Northwestern University medical school, and completed her surgical residency at the University of Arkansas.
Becoming a physician, an orthopedic surgeon, was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
However, the realities of life intervened. A bad marriage, a divorce, and financial problems with her practice, have left Thomas living in poverty.
Thomas’ story is scheduled to be aired Friday (Nov. 7) on Iylana Vanzant’s ‘Fix My Life’ on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Posted is a link detailing more about Thomas’ interview, and also highlights of Thomas during her figure skating career: