On this day in leadership history in 1986, Debi Thomas becomes first African American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship. In addition, she was the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist and a two-time U.S. national champion. Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle of the Carmens.
Later, she went on to be an orthopedic surgeon.
Debi Thomas – Wikipedia