Sarah HughesFigure Skater
Born: 2 May 1985
Birthplace: Great Neck, New York
Best known as: 2002 Olympic figure skating gold medalist
Sarah Hughes surprised the world by winning the gold medal in women's figure skating at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. She was 16 years old and previously had never won a U.S or world senior championship. In fourth place after the short program, Hughes came back with a near-flawless long program to pass reigning world champion Michelle Kwan, Russian Irina Slutskaya and fellow teen Sasha Cohen. Hughes left competitive skating and entered Yale University in 2003.
Extra credit: Hughes's win was reminiscent of the 1998 Nagano Olympics, when the heavy favorite Kwan was beaten by newcomer Tara Lipinski... Hughes's younger sister, Emily, skated for the U.S. in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
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