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- Alternative meaning: Judge Sarah T. Hughes
A resident of Great Neck, New York, Hughes won a surprising, close contest in the 2002 Olympic women's figure skating event, narrowly edging Russia's Irina Slutskaya on a tiebreaker after Michelle Kwan faltered. In her long program, Hughes landed seven triple jumps, including two triple-triple combinations. She had been in fourth place going into the long program.
Although she appeared on the cover of Time magazine the week before the event, Hughes was considered the third-best American skater at the 2002 Olympics, behind favorite Michelle Kwan and fellow teen phenomenon Sasha Cohen.
She is an undergraduate at Yale University, but has taken the 2004-2005 year off to skate professionally with the Smuckers Stars On Ice tour company.
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