Skater Debi Thomas: The Word She Uses Is Invincible

Perfecting her figures in premed and on the ice, Debi Thomas mutters intently, "I just know I can win the gold"

The loveliest Olympic sport, figure skating, actually preceded the first Winter Games by 16 years, debuting in the summer of 1908. Attention quickly centered on the women (skating people prefer you to say ladies), though dimpled Sonja Henie was just 15 in 1928 when she won the first of three gold medals that launched her multimillion-dollar movie career. In at least two respects, the blond Norwegian starlet of Sun Valley Serenade is still the ideal. East Germany's Katarina Witt, reigning world and Olympic champion, is ( studying to be an actress. And U.S. Challenger Debi Thomas, Witt's primary competition in Calgary,...

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