People: Feb. 24, 1986

She would just as soon be working with infinity symbols in her pre-med courses as carving figure eights on the ice. In fact, after getting a disappointing grade in chemistry, Stanford Freshman Debi Thomas, 18, ripped up her entry form for the U.S. figure skating championships in Uniondale, N.Y. But she changed her mind, and in an inspired performance, Thomas landed five flawless triple jumps in her skating program, two more than she had been able to manage in practice during the previous week. They brought the crowd to its feet and Thomas to the women's crown, the first black figure...

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