The Info List - Sarah Hughes

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Sarah Elizabeth Hughes (born May 2, 1985) is best known as having been an American competitive figure skater. She was the 2001 World bronze medalist in ladies' singles and the 2002 Olympic Champion in the same event.[citation needed]


1 Personal life 2 Career 3 Skating technique 4 Programs 5 Results 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Personal life[edit] Hughes was born in Great Neck, New York, a suburb of New York City. Her father, John Hughes, is a Canadian of Irish descent and was one of the captains of the undefeated and untied NCAA champion 1969–70 Cornell University
Cornell University
ice hockey team. Her mother, Amy Pastarnack, is Jewish[1] and is a breast cancer survivor. This led Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes
to become an advocate for breast cancer awareness. She appeared in a commercial for General Electric
General Electric
promoting breast cancer awareness and research. Hughes stated: "I always said that if I can get one person to get a mammogram, I've accomplished something."[2] Among the other causes Hughes supports are Figure Skating in Harlem, which provides free ice skating lessons and academic tutoring for girls in the Harlem community in New York City. Hughes has supported this program for over ten years.[3] Hughes attended Great Neck
Great Neck
North High School.[4] In 2003, she began her studies at Yale University. On May 25, 2009, Hughes graduated from Yale and received a bachelor's degree in American studies with a concentration in U.S. politics and communities.[5] She currently is a student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.[6] Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes
is the fourth of six children. One of her younger sisters, Emily, is also a figure skater and competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In December 2012, her older brother Matt, graduated from the police academy and is currently an NYPD officer. She is the cousin of Gregg "Opie" Hughes, from the Opie & Anthony show.[citation needed] Career[edit] Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes
began skating at the age of three.[7] Robin Wagner, who also choreographed for her from 1994, became her head coach in January 1998.[4][7] Hughes won the junior title at the 1998 U.S. Championships in the 1997–1998 season. The following season, she competed on the ISU Junior Grand Prix and won the silver medal at the 1998–1999 Junior Grand Prix Final. She also took silver at the 1999 World Junior Championships held in November 1998. At the 1999 U.S. Championships, Hughes won the pewter medal in her senior-level debut. As the fourth-place finisher, Hughes would not normally have received one of the three spots for U.S. ladies at the 1999 World Championships, however, Naomi Nari Nam, the silver medalist, was not age-eligible for the event according to ISU rules. Hughes was likewise not age-eligible, but at the time a loophole existed for skaters who had medaled at Junior Worlds.[8] Hughes was sent to senior Worlds and finished 7th in her debut.[citation needed] In the 1999–2000 season, Hughes made her Grand Prix debut, winning the bronze medal at the 1999 Trophée Lalique. She won the bronze medal at the 2000 U.S. Championships and was credited with a triple-salchow-triple-loop combination.[9] She placed 5th at the 2000 World Championships.[citation needed] In the 2000–2001 season, Hughes won three medals on the Grand Prix circuit and won the bronze medal at the 2000–2001 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. She won the silver medal at the 2001 U.S. Championships. At the 2001 Worlds, she won the bronze medal.[citation needed] In the 2001–2002 season, Hughes competed again on the Grand Prix, winning the 2001 Skate Canada International and placing second at her other two events. She won her second consecutive bronze medal at the Grand Prix Final and then won the bronze medal at the 2002 U.S. Championships to qualify for the 2002 Winter Olympics.[citation needed] The week before the opening of the 2002 Olympics, Hughes appeared on the cover of Time magazine.[citation needed] At the 2002 Olympics, Hughes placed fourth in the short program after being penalized for underrotating her triple flip and lutz. In her long program, she landed seven triple jumps, including a triple toe loop-triple loop and a triple salchow-triple loop combination. She won the long program, as the three contenders ahead of her after the short program all made mistakes in their respective long programs. Figure Skating rules at the time dictated that if someone placed fourth in the short program, but won the free skate, they could not automatically win the event. Michelle Kwan, who was in first place after the short program would have to lose the free program to Hughes and one other skater as well. Hughes won the free skate, with Irina Slutskaya placing second in that portion, ahead of Kwan. Therefore, the final standings were Hughes in first, Slutskaya in second and Kwan in third. She is the only American woman to have won the Olympic title without ever having won either a World or U.S. senior national title.[citation needed]

Hughes meets President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
on April 12, 2002.

After her Olympic win, Hughes was honored with a parade in her hometown of Great Neck. Senator Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
spoke at the event and declared it Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes
Day. She received the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the U.S.[citation needed] Hughes did not compete at the 2002 Worlds. For the 2002–2003 season, she won the silver medal at the 2003 U.S. Championships and placed sixth at the 2003 World Championships.[citation needed] Hughes took the 2004–2005 year off from college to skate professionally with the Smuckers
Stars on Ice tour company. She was inducted into the International Jewish
Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.[10] Richard Krawiec wrote a biography, Sudden Champion: The Sarah Hughes Story (2002).[citation needed] Skating technique[edit] Hughes had a variety of triple-triple jump combinations, including a triple loop-triple loop, triple salchow-triple loop, and a triple toe-triple loop. Her best jump was perhaps the triple loop which she often completed out of a back spiral. She was also known for her camel spin with change of edge, and her spiral position.[citation needed] Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

2002–2003 [11]

Cello Sonata in G Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff Yo-Yo Ma Orchestra

La Bayadere by Ludwig Minkus English Chamber Orchestra

2001–2002 [4][12]

Ave Maria by Charles Gounod

Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
(Variation XI) by Sergei Rachmaninoff Boston Pops Orchestra Piano Concerto No. 2, Adagio by Sergei Rachmaninoff London Symphony Orchestra

2000–2001 [13]

Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus

1999–2000 [7]

Serenade fur Klara

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini

Beatles medley:

Yesterday I Saw Her Standing There Good Night

Results[edit] GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix


Event 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03

Winter Olympics


World Champ.

7th 5th 3rd


GP Final

3rd 3rd

GP Cup of Russia


GP Skate America

4th 2nd 2nd

GP Skate Canada


GP Sparkassen Cup


GP Trophée Lalique



Vienna Cup


International: Junior[14]

World Junior Champ.


JGP Final


JGP Hungary


JGP Mexico



U.S. Championships 1st J 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd

J = Junior level

See also[edit]

List of notable Jewish
figure skaters


^ "A Pint of Guinness, A Cup of Manischevitz: Some Irish/Jewish Connections".  ^ Elfman, Lois (2005). "Sarah Hughes- Golden Opportunities". Archived from the original on October 18, 2005. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) ^ " Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes
at figure skating in Harlem
fundraiser". Lifeskate.com. March 21, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2011.  ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (November 21, 2001). "Hughes Rapid Rise Rivals Lipinski's". Golden Skate.  ^ Benet, Lorenzo (June 7, 2009). " Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan
& Sarah Hughes Graduate College". People Magazine. Retrieved June 7, 2009.  ^ http://leanin.org/stories/sarah-hughes/ ^ a b c Mittan, J. Barry (2000) [1999]. "Hughes Rapid Rise Rivals Lipinski's; Hughes Balances Schoolwork and Skating". Archived from the original on May 13, 2012.  ^ Loosemore, Sandra (March 16, 2000). "Junior skaters shouldn't face senior pressure". CBS Sportsline. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) ^ Longman, Jere (February 14, 2000). "FIGURE SKATING; Kwan Wins, but Challengers Are Rising Fast to Meet Her". The New York Times.  ^ International Jewish
Sports Hall of Fame ^ "Sarah HUGHES: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 8, 2003. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) ^ "Sarah HUGHES: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 14, 2002. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) ^ "Sarah HUGHES: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2001. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) ^ a b c "Sarah HUGHES". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 April 2017. 

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Olympic champions in figure skating – Ladies' singles

1908:  Madge Syers (GBR) 1920:  Magda Julin (SWE) 1924:  Herma Szabo (AUT) 1928:  Sonja Henie (NOR) 1932:  Sonja Henie (NOR) 1936:  Sonja Henie (NOR) 1948:  Barbara Ann Scott (CAN) 1952:  Jeannette Altwegg (GBR) 1956:  Tenley Albright (USA) 1960:  Carol Heiss (USA) 1964:  Sjoukje Dijkstra (NED) 1968:  Peggy Fleming (USA) 1972:  Trixi Schuba (AUT) 1976:  Dorothy Hamill (USA) 1980:  Anett Pötzsch (GDR) 1984:  Katarina Witt (GDR) 1988:  Katarina Witt (GDR) 1992:  Kristi Yamaguchi (USA) 1994:  Oksana Baiul (UKR) 1998:  Tara Lipinski (USA) 2002:  Sarah Hughes (USA) 2006:  Shizuka Arakawa (JPN) 2010:  Yuna Kim (KOR) 2014:  Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) 2018:  Alina Zagitova (OAR)

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Skate Canada International champions in figure skating – Ladies' singles

1973: Lynn Nightingale 1974: Lynn Nightingale 1975: Susanna Driano 1976: Kim Alletson 1977: Linda Fratianne 1978: Lisa-Marie Allen 1980: Elaine Zayak 1981: Tracey Wainman 1982: Vikki de Vries 1983: Katarina Witt 1984: Midori Ito 1985: Caryn Kadavy 1986: Elizabeth Manley 1987: Debi Thomas 1988: Natalia Lebedeva 1989: Kristi Yamaguchi 1990: Josée Chouinard 1991: Surya Bonaly 1992: Maria Butyrskaya 1993: Chen Lu 1994: Krisztina Czakó 1995: Michelle Kwan 1996: Irina Slutskaya 1997: Michelle Kwan 1998: Olena Liashenko 1999: Michelle Kwan 2000: Irina Slutskaya 2001: Sarah Hughes 2002: Sasha Cohen 2003: Sasha Cohen 2004: Cynthia Phaneuf 2005: Alissa Czisny 2006: Joannie Rochette 2007: Mao Asada 2008: Joannie Rochette 2009: Joannie Rochette 2010: Alissa Czisny 2011: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 2012: Kaetlyn Osmond 2013: Yulia Lipnitskaya 2014: Anna Pogorilaya 2015: Ashley Wagner 2016: Evgenia Medvedeva 2017: Kaetlyn Osmond

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James E. Sullivan Award
James E. Sullivan Award

1930: Jones 1931: Berlinger 1932: Bausch 1933: Cunningham 1934: Bonthron 1935: Little 1936: Morris 1937: Budge 1938: Lash 1939: Burk 1940: Rice 1941: MacMitchell 1942: Warmerdam 1943: Dodds 1944: Curtis 1945: Blanchard 1946: Tucker 1947: Kelly Jr. 1948: Mathias 1949: Button 1950: Wilt 1951: Richards 1952: Ashenfelter 1953: Lee 1954: Whitfield 1955: Dillard 1956: McCormick 1957: Morrow 1958: Davis 1959: O'Brien 1960: R. Johnson 1961: Rudolph 1962: Beatty 1963: Pennel 1964: Schollander 1965: Bradley 1966: Ryun 1967: Matson 1968: Meyer 1969: Toomey 1970: Kinsella 1971: Spitz 1972: Shorter 1973: Walton 1974: Wohlhuter 1975: Shaw 1976: Jenner 1977: Naber 1978: Caulkins 1979: Thomas 1980: Heiden 1981: Lewis 1982: Decker 1983: Moses 1984: Louganis 1985: Benoit 1986: Joyner-Kersee 1987: Abbott 1988: Griffith Joyner 1989: Evans 1990: Smith 1991: Powell 1992: Blair 1993: Ward 1994: Jansen 1995: Baumgartner 1996: M. Johnson 1997: Manning 1998: Holdsclaw 1999: C. Miller & K. Miller 2000: Gardner 2001: Kwan 2002: Hughes 2003: Phelps 2004: Hamm 2005: Redick 2006: Long 2007: Tebow 2008: S. Johnson 2009: Palmeiro-Winters 2010: Lysacek 2011: Rodriguez 2012: Franklin 2013: Urschel 2014: Elliott 2015: Stewart & Reynolds 2016: Carlini

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