Broke Olympic Skater Debi Thomas Admits: I Punched My Husband in the Face
Legendary Olympic skater Debi Thomas is broke and living in a trailer in the Appalachian Mountains that was once infested with bed bugs.
Thomas won the Bronze medal in figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. She was the first African-American to medal at the winter games.
She went on to achieve greatness in other ways by graduating prestigious Stanford University and getting a degree in engineering and becoming an orthopedic surgeon after graduating from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Her spectacular fall is making headlines after she revealed her personal crisis to life coach Iyanla Vanzant on the OWN network for the show, Iyanla: Fix My Life.
The twice divorced Olympic great says she has been a victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her current fiancé, Jamie Looney.
INSIDE EDITION’s Megan Alexander asked him: "Jamie, did you abuse Debbie?"
He said: "Yes I did. She abused me. I abused her."
She also admitted: "I punched him in the face."
They both say the abuse has ended and Debi even praised him: “Jamie is a great man; he's got a sweet heart."
Much of the online reaction to Debi’s situation has been harsh.
"...was watching Debi Thomas...it's gotta be mental illness,” one comment said.
"It’s clear Debi Thomas has mental health issues,” was another.
Alexander asked her: "Where is your family now?"
"They are totally embarrassed for sure," she said.
Debi says she wants people to see her life as a cautionary tale, expressing: “I'm an example that this could happen to anyone, anywhere. Anyone who thinks they are safe and has got it under control, they are not."