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Sarah Hughes

Born: – Great Neck, New York
Height: 5'5"
School: Yale University
Hometown: Great Neck, New York
Training Town: New Haven, Connecticut

U.S. Team

Event News
The 2002-03 Season: Sarah Hughes
Other News
Olympic Champion Hughes Set for New Challenge This Fall (8/03)

Competitive History
2003   ABC Sports International Challenge - 8th 2000   State Farm U.S. Championships - 3rd
2003   World Championships - 6th 1999   Hershey's Kisses Challenge (Team USA) - 2nd
2003   State Farm U.S. Championships - 2nd 1999   Trophée Lalique - 3rd
2002   Crest Whitestrips Challenge - 2nd 1999   Skate America - 4th
2002   Campbell's Classic - 3rd 1999   Vienna Cup - 1st
2002   Hershey's Kisses Challenge (team) - 2nd 1999   Keri Lotion Classic (Team USA) - 2nd
2002   Olympic Winter Games - 1st 1999   Junior Grand Prix Final - 2nd
2002   State Farm U.S. Championships - 3rd 1999   Keri Lotion USA vs. World (team) - 1st
2002   Grand Prix Final - 3rd 1999   World Championships - 7th
2001   Hershey's Kisses Challenge (team) - 2nd 1999   World Junior Championships - 2nd
2001   Trophée Lalique - 2nd 1999   State Farm U.S. Championships - 4th
2001   Skate Canada - 1st 1998   Hungarian Trophy - 2nd
2001   Smart Ones Skate America - 2nd 1999   World Junior Team Selection - 1st
2001   World Championships - 3rd 1998   Mexico Cup - 2nd
2001   Grand Prix Final - 3rd 1998   State Farm U.S. Championships, Junior - 1st
2001   State Farm U.S. Championships - 2nd 1998   Eastern Sectional, Junior - 1st
2000   Cup of Russia - 3rd 1998   North Atlantic Regional, Junior - 1st
2000   Nations Cup - 2nd 1997   Eastern Sectional, Novice - 6th
2000   Skate America - 2nd 1997   North Atlantic Regional, Novice - 1st
2000   International Figure Skating Challenge (team) - 2nd 1996   Eastern Sectional, Novice - 10th
2000   World Championships - 5th 1996   North Atlantic Regional, Novice - 3rd

2002-03 Season Notes ...
Hughes announced May 3 that she plans to attend Yale University beginning in the fall of 2003 ... After a busy year, Hughes finished sixth at the 2003 World Championships. .. She faced difficulty in both her qualifying round and short program but bounced back for a solid free skate in Washington, D.C. to move up three places in the overall standings ... Following a leg injury that forced her to withdraw from the 2002-03 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Hughes returned to competition and finished second at the Crest Whitestrips International Figure Skating Challenge in Auburn Hills, Mich., Dec. 13 ... Hughes appeared in her first television special – "Sarah Hughes: A Life in Balance" – on NBC, Dec. 22... Hughes recently won the 2002 Sullivan Award, awarded annually to the top amateur athlete in the nation ... She is the third figure skater to win the award and the second straight, following on the heels of Michelle Kwan's Sullivan win in 2001 ... Hughes was also named as the USOC SportsWoman of the Year for 2002.

2001-02 Season Notes
Hughes claimed the Olympic gold medal in in February and became the first person to rebound from fourth place to win an Olympic gold medal since the short program-free skate scoring system was introduced at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games. Hughes skated one of the most technically demanding programs ever attempted in an Olympic ladies competition including two clean triple-triple combinations (triple Salchow/triple loop and triple toe/triple loop). Hughes, 16, also became the fourth youngest Olympic ladies figure skating champion of all time ... Citing exhaustion, Hughes did not compete at the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships – Jennifer Kirk replaced her ... Hughes captured her second silver medal of the season at Trophée Lalique and qualified to compete in her second straight ISU Grand Prix Final in Kitchener, Canada, Dec. 14-16 ... Hughes' Skate Canada title is the first major of her career ... It marked the first time Hughes has defeated Michelle Kwan and Irina Slutskaya ... Skate Canada was a non-scoring event for Hughes in the ISU Grand Prix Series ... Hughes started out the Grand Prix Series with a second place finish at the 2001 Smart Ones Skate America.

Notes
Hughes began skating at age 3 because her two older brothers and sister skated... She is the fourth of six children ... She takes all honor classes at school ... Her off-ice interests include reading, rollerblading and playing tennis ... Her silver medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships enabled her to become the youngest competitor in the 1999, 2000 and 2001 World Championships ... She received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence ... She hopes to study medicine and become a doctor ... Hughes' favorite quote is "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."