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Dr. Debi

2/23/2010 2:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The 42-year-old resurfaced in a photo recently, looking relaxed.

Debi Thomas

Debi lost the gold medal to Katerina Witt at the '88 Games.

Thomas is now an orthopedic surgeon and works at a clinic in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Warmcozy    

I'm looking forward to reading her autobiography. What a beautiful, disciplined life she's leading.

1665 days ago
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JustWatchMe    

Pretty woman - and her eyes show that she must be a nice person. and holy crap, the Olympics and then you go on to be a surgeon?? Pretty impressive.

1665 days ago
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TeeKay    

Awesome! Not only has she gone on to be a success in the "real" world, she is still just as beautiful and still has that wonderful smile! Our young people need a role model like Debi!

1665 days ago
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canadasue    

She looks terrific! It is good to hear that her life after skating has turned out so well!

1665 days ago
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Mariah    

Damm, orthopedic surgeon?? Good for her! You youngsters won't remember this but Tracey Gold's (Carol on Growing Pains) sister Melissa Gold was a successful child star (on "Benson") who went on to become a successful veterinarian...and we all know how Mayim Bialik and Danica McKellar did...freakin' Ph.D.'s in Math/Sciences, etc. These are success stories you wish you could read more about!

1665 days ago
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A Man Among Men    

Hey, she looks great! I went to school with her at Stanford (class of '89, yeah!) and she was a very nice girl then. Glad to see she's doing well. :)

1665 days ago
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orthodeb    

Wow! Such nice comments! I appreciate them all. My Facebook friends told me I was on tmz.com, so I checked it out. Just got back from having a wonderful time at the Olympics in Vancouver. Got to hang out with Liz Manley (Silver medalist form Canada) for a little interview where we reflected on our Olympic experiences. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to see Kat, though I know she was there.

The Olympics is about sportsmanship and trying to perform your best. I was disappointed in myself for not doing what I needed to do to perform my best. I wanted to be perfect sooooo much, that I let a little mistake at the beginning take away my spirit. I know better now. You hate for the Olympics to be a learning experience, but after it was all over I realized how many people had pulled for me, and I had wished that I had fought harder to make the rest of the program great. Now in my current position, if I am performing surgery, I can never leave the operating room until I have given my best for that patient.

1665 days ago
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Strawberrygirl    

*Orthodeb* you are an inspiration & role model...Thanks so much for coming on here and commenting. I'm glad you had a good time Vancouver. May God richly bless your life...although it sounds as though He has! ;) Have a great day!

1665 days ago
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Dawn    

This lady is proof that you can achieve a lot in life, and still be a nice person.

1665 days ago
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Ronnie    

I remember watching the Olympics that year with my grandmother and rooting for her. I also remember hearing at some point that she became a doctor. Good for her!

Orthodeb, you're looking great and sounds like you're doing great, too. You're still an inspiration!

1665 days ago
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ireland    

Good for her! So glad she "got a life" and an impressive one at that. And we didn't have to hear about her on some pathetic reality show or entertainment news or traveling with Ice Capades, etc., etc. What to go, Debi!

1665 days ago
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Christine    

It's so...refreshing to hear positive comments about a celebrity. I remember watching Debi win the bronze, and I think it's amazing that she's managed to build such a wonderful life and career for herself outside the world of skating. Congrats, Debi! You're a inspiration!

1665 days ago
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JoDale    

Hello Debi - I was so hoping you would win gold that year. But sounds like you won gold for life. Do you still skate for fun? PS I also live in the Hoosier state.

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Linda    

I love this story! She is a beautiful person - inside and out.
It reflects in her eyes and her smile. Good for Debi!

1665 days ago
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Casey    

Hi Debi, While watching the Olympics, I asked my girlfriend if she remembered you. She said yes. Well, there you is, a doctor, pretty as ever, and living in my home state. Thanks TMZ!

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