Ex-Olympian reveals she’s living in bug-infested trailer, broke and unemployed

Former Olympic figure skater and physician Debi Thomas was the first African-American athlete to win a medal at the Winter Games.
Former Olympic figure skater and physician Debi Thomas was the first African-American athlete to win a medal at the Winter Games.
Former Olympic figure skater and physician Debi Thomas was the first African-American athlete to win a medal at the Winter Games.

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Debi Thomas’ life isn’t what it used to be.

The former Olympic figure skater and physician made history when she became the first African-American athlete to win a Winter Games medal when she took home the bronze at the 1988 Olympics. She recently revealed she is now broke, unemployed and living in a bed bug-infested trailer.

“(I feel) frustrated,” Thomas said in the emotional episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” that aired Saturday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Thomas turned to life coach Iyanla Vanzant after “crippling life challenges” that stemmed from a pair of divorces that financially drained her and forced her to close her medical practice in Virginia. The two-time U.S. national champion is now living in a mobile home in the Appalachian Mountains with her fiancé and his two children. She lost custody of her 13-year-old son.

“Today I meet you in a trailer that’s overcrowded and infested with bed bugs,” Vanzant told Thomas in a preview clip. “Are you aware that your life has become unmanageable?”

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