Deborah L. Fuhrman
Team: Gymnastics

Deborah L. Fuhrman '84
Year Inducted: 2008 

Named to the list of Brown’s 100 Greatest Athletes of the Century, Debbi Fuhrman is one of the finest gymnasts to ever compete for Brown University. Her accomplishments were not only remarkable for her time, but her successes on the national level set her apart as among the best in the history of the program despite only competing for two seasons.

During her freshman year, Fuhrman was the all-around champion in every dual meet competition and won 22 of 24 individual events. Her performances led the Bears to an undefeated dual and tri-meet record in 1981, finishing 10-0, while earning her All-Ivy accolades. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Performer and qualified for the Eastern Regionals in the all-around. Her undefeated record in the all-around earned her National attention, as she was featured in Sports Illustrated on May 18, 1981 in “Faces in the Crowd.”
Fuhrman enjoyed just as much success during her sophomore season, receiving the team’s Most Valuable Performer award for the second time after leading Brown to a 10-1 record. She was the team’s highest scorer in all four events, and became the first Brown gymnast to win an event at the Ivy League Championships, placing first on the vault with the Ivy League’s first full twist-on, handspring-off skill.
Fuhrman notched a third-place finish on the floor exercise and uneven bars at the Eastern Championships that season, the best showing ever in the regional meet by a Brown gymnast, and became Bruno’s first gymnast to qualify for the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Championships, the forerunner of the NCAA Women’s Championships. She also became the first to qualify for Nationals, and finished sixth in the nation on the floor.
Following her sophomore year, Fuhrman became a member of the Dance Extension and choreographed a routine for the 1984 show and also served as the Co-Chairman of Freshman Orientation Week. She received the Minnie Helen Hicks award in English and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts.
Currently, Fuhrman is an actress, dancer, choreographer and fitness professional. From 2003-06, she performed as Kelly Ripa’s stand-in and stunt double on the sitcom Hope and Faith. She is a frequent featured performer with Antigravity (a gymnastic dance company), has appeared in several soap operas, national commercials, and on Sesame Street and Nickelodeon. Most recently, she appeared in the 2008 Oscar nominated film, The Savages, and has also choreographed dance segments in the upcoming movie, Sassy Girl, as well as a tango scene in Fox’s new series, Canterbury’s Law.
Fuhrman is a Reiki master and a group meditation leader as well as a certified personal trainer and an aerobic instructor. She recently founded Athletic Explorers, a fitness company devoted to offering solutions to childhood obesity by means of a series of workouts for kids ages four to nine.