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Mega Sports Stars Who Lost Their Fortunes

These athletes lost all their money, sometimes going broke as soon as they left their sport.

Debi Thomas, a bronze medalist at the 1988 Olympics, was an African-American trailblazer and once the most popular figure skaters in America.

After retiring from skating, Thomas graduated from medical school and began practicing orthopedic surgery. Her attitude caused problems. She bounced from job to job. She tried starting her own practice, but it failed. According to the TV series Fix My Life, on which she appeared in 2015, she lived in a bedbug-infested trailer with her fiance. Her medical license lapsed and her only income came from selling gold bullion.

In 2012, she approached a police officer, saying she had a gun and that she planned on hurting herself. This led to a bipolar diagnosis, which she denies. Thomas told the Washington Post,

“I’m very misunderstood because I look at the world differently. You can call it the Olympian mentality.”

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