It’s Ada Lovelace Day and believe it or not, I have a post about women in the sciences.

The applied sciences, anyway. Here are some of my favorite performances by Debi Thomas, who skated at the Olympics while also pre-med at Stanford. She went on to become Dr. Debi Thomas, a surgeon.

First her 1986 Nationals free skate, which she choreographed herself. Her arms are a little stiff in the front half and she can’t hold her final jump, but once she loosens up she’s very elegant and playful. She won here.

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Here’s the same program at 1986 Worlds, when she became world champion. Lots of tough and interesting jump entrances:

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Her Carmen at Nationals. She had a tough time skating this clean, but the interpretation is really thoughtful, creating a complex character who shifts from youthful brightness and buoyancy to romantic longing, and then to violence and determination:

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Her truly great, totally awesome ’80s short program at the Calgary Olympics:

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And here is a performance by Wanda Beazel. I think we can all be grateful that she did not seek medical training:

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Head over to Libresco’s for more posting about Ada Lovelace and her Day. She actually knows stuff about science.

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