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Monday, March 05, 2007


I return from maternity leave with a photo (above) of the reason(s) why I have -- and probably will continue to be -- busy this festive skating season (a great, big thank you to everyone who sent their good wishes on the birth of Aries Camille), as well as a question to get people thinking... and talking.

When 1987 World Champion Debi Thomas appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show several years back, Oprah introduced her as "the only woman of color to win an Olympic medal in figure skating."

If that's true, where does it leave Kristi Yamaguchi? And Midori Ito? And Chen Lu? And Michelle Kwan? And... well, you get the picture?

Was Oprah correct in her categorization?

Let me know what you think!


  • At March 05, 2007 9:38 AM, Anonymous said…

    If we want to be technical, we are all "people of color". White is a color too.

    So, Oprah was wrong.

  • At March 05, 2007 3:15 PM, Anonymous said…

    It would help if you bothered to be a little specific, especially since this seems to be a pet peeve of yours. How far back is "several years" supposed to be? Are we talking 2000 or 1990? If Oprah made that statement between the 1988 Winter Olympics and the 1992 Winter Olympics, then she is right...unless a non-white female skater won an Olympic medal before she did. I can't think of one who did.

    "If we want to be technical, we are all "people of color". White is a color too."

    If we really want to be technical white is not considered a real color, on people or otherwise.

  • At March 05, 2007 5:03 PM, Anonymous said…

    This is why I think the whole obsession on race is garbage. (and I say that as someone who is of mixed race--I never fit neatly in those silly racial checkboxes).


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