Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Figure Skating
Inducted: 2005
Country: United States
Born: May 2, 1985, in Great Neck, New York.

In one of the major upsets in Olympic figure skating history, Sarah Hughes, a 16-year old Great Neck North (New York) High School junior, won the Women’s Championship and gold medal at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The New York teenager surged from fourth place in her free skate to defeat USA’s favored Michelle Kwan (bronze) and Russia’s Irina Slutskaya (silver) to win the Olympic title. The teenager’s best previous achievement was a bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships.

Hughes, who first put on skates at the age of three, earned serious attention when she won the U.S. National Junior title in 1998. One year later, just past her 13th birthday, she won the Vienna Cup, the Individual gold at the “USA versus The World Pro Am”, and was 7th at the 1999 World Championships.

As a high school freshman and sophomore, Hughes finished in 5th place at the 2000 World Championships, 3rd at the 2001 World Championships, and was either 1st, 2nd or 3rd at other international and U.S. national events throughout 2000-2001.

Hughes was recipient of the 2002 Sullivan Award, presented annually by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to America’s top amateur athlete; and was named 2002 Sportswoman of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. In January, 2010, she was elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Following her 2002 Winter Games triumph, Hughes completed high school and enrolled at Yale University, eschewing the tedious training regimen that dominated her everyday pre-Olympics life. Nonetheless, she managed to medal at the few events she entered, and finished second at the 2003 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and sixth at the 2003 World Championships. Sarah graduated Yale in 2009.

Hughes was a member of the media at the 2004 Summer Olympics, as a reporter-interviewer for New York’s WCBS television. In 2005, she again laced up her skates to headline the “Stars On Ice” touring ice show.
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