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Sarah Hughes - 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

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Sarah Hughes - 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Sarah Hughes - 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

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A Surprise Win:

2002 Olympic Figure Skating Champion, Sarah Hughes, was not expected to win the gold medal at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. She was in fourth place after the short program, but in the freeskate, she landed seven triple jumps. The other competitors made mistakes, and Hughes won gold.

Date of Birth:

May 2, 1985

Place of Birth:

Great Neck, New York

Skating Family:

Sarah Hughes' parents are John Hughes and Amy Pastarnack Hughes. She is the fourth of six children. Her father was the captain of 1969-70 Cornell University ice hockey team. Her sister, Emily Hughes, competed in figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

Early Skating:

Sarah Hughes began skating at the age of three. Her first coach was Patti Johnson. Johnson was Hughes' coach until the 1999 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Robin Wagner coached her at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Competition Highlights:

  • 1998 - US National Junior Ladies Figure Skating Champion
  • 1999 - 4th US National Senior Ladies
  • 1999 - World Junior Silver Medalist
  • 1999 - 7th World Figure Skating Championships
  • 2000 - US Ladies Figure Skating Bronze Medalist
  • 2000 - 5th World Figure Skating Championships
  • 2001 - US Ladies Figure Skating Silver Medalist
  • 2001 - World Figure Skating Bronze Medalist
  • 2002 - US Ladies Figure Skating Bronze Medalist
  • 2002 - Olympic Figure Skating Champion
  • 2003 - US Ladies Figure Skating Silver Medalist

Education:

Hughes is a graduate of Yale University.

Professional Career:

During the 2004–2005 academic year, Hughes took time off from college and skated professionally with the Stars on Ice.

Awards:

In 2002, Sarah Hughes received the James E. Sullivan Award. She was honored with a parade in her hometown of Great Neck after her Olympic victory. In 2005, she was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Charity Work:

Sarah Hughes' mother is a breast cancer survivor, so Hughes has promoted breast cancer awareness and research. She also has supported Figure Skating in Harlem.
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