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Starr Andrews Becomes First Black Woman To Medal At U.S. Figure Skating In 35 Years

Black History is happening right now... skater Starr Andrews made history as the first black woman to win at a national figure skating competition in 35 years! She earned the 4th place pewter medal at the 2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships on January 27th. 

Star Andrews talks about being recognized as a role model,

“I can’t believe I’m the person they saw, I’m the person that wanted to make them start skating,” “And I think that that’s so amazing. And I’m so glad that I can be that person.”

It marked the first time in 35 years that a Black female skater won a national figure skating competition medal since Debi Thomas won in 1988.

She is the 2022 Skate Canada International silver medalist, 2019 International Challenge Cup silver medalist, 2019 Egna Trophy silver medalist, and 2023 U.S. national pewter medalist. She has finished in the top ten at three ISU Championshipsand is the first African American woman to win a Grand Prix medal in the singles discipline.

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