You know her name. Debi Thomas first made history when she became the first African-American athlete to receive a medal at the Winter Olympics in 1988.
A former student enrolled in Standford University’s engineering program, Thomas who later went on to get her medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, appeared to have a promising future ahead of her. But according to the now 48-year-old former athlete, her life looks a lot different now.
“(I feel) frustrated,” Thomas said during last night’s episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” before revealing that her successes have faded and she now lives, twice-divorced and broke, in a bed bug-infested home with her fiancé and his sons in the Appalachian Mountains.
“You got to a point where you couldn’t afford to do anything other than live in a trailer. Is that what I’m hearing you say?” host Iyanla Vanzant asks before ripping into Thomas for only feeling “frustrated” at her crippling circumstances. “Not sad, not angry, not ashamed?” Vanzant continued. To which Thomas simply replied “no.”
“Not guilty that you’ve got a man, two kids and a bedbug infestation in a trailer,” Vanzant scoffed. “Frustration is what you feel? Nothing else?” — “This is what I know: You’re living in a trailer in the Appalachian Mountains and your son ain’t with you!” shouted Vanzant. “You’re raising somebody else’s children! So, you can tell me whatever you want to tell me. Telling yourself the truth is important.”
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