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Emily Anne Hughes (born January 26, 1989) is an American figure skater. She is the 2007 U.S. National silver medalist and was a member of the 2006 Olympic team. She is a younger sister of Sarah Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion.

Personal life

Emily Hughes was born in Great Neck, New York. Her father, John Hughes, is a Canadian of Irish descent,[1] and was the captain of the NCAA champion 1969–70 Cornell University ice hockey team. Her mother, Amy Pastarnack, is Jewish[2] and is a breast cancer survivor. Hughes has supported a variety of causes for breast cancer research and awareness, including Skating for Life, a television special that she promoted on NBC's Today show.[3]

Hughes has five siblings. One of her older sisters, Sarah, is the 2002 Olympic champion. In December 2012, her older brother Matt, graduated from the police academy and is currently an NYPD officer. Her family has two dogs - Taz and Ty, though she prefers to play with Taz due to his energy and virile spirit.

She graduated from Great Neck North High School in June 2007,[4] and announced on April 26, 2007 that she would attend Harvard University starting in Fall 2007. After moving to Harvard, she switched from long-time coach Bonni Retzkin to train under Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson at the Skating Club of Boston.[5] Hughes had a concentration in sociology with a minor in government, and graduated as a member of the class of 2011.[6] In 2002, she co-wrote a book in Random House's Young Dreamers series, I Am a Skater.[7] On December 18, 2005, Hughes was the subject of a cover story in the Sunday New York Times Magazine.

In 2010, she served as a legislative intern with the United States Senate. Starting in February 2012, Hughes began employment with Deloitte Consulting in New York City as a business analyst. She left Deloitte in September 2013 and began working for the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland.[8] In late October 2014, Emily announced, to a small group of close friends, her plans to move to San Francisco, CA by year-end and begin a career with Google.


Hughes qualified for her first U.S. Figure Skating Championships in the 2001–2002 season and placed 11th at the Junior level. She repeated that placement the following season. She placed 5th at the junior level at the 2003–2004 Eastern Sectional Championships and so did not qualify for the 2004 U.S. Championships.

Hughes moved up to the senior level nationally in the 2004–2005 season. She won her regional championship and placed second at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She placed 6th and was named to the team to the 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. It was her first international competition and she won the bronze medal.[9]

In early August 2005, she spent nearly a week in hospital due to viral meningitis.[10] In the 2005–2006 season, Hughes competed for the first time on the Grand Prix, placing fifth in both events. She won the bronze medal at the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Hughes was named as first alternate to the 2006 Winter Olympics. After Michelle Kwan withdrew from the Olympics, Hughes was named to the team. She flew to Torino and placed 7th. After the Olympics, Hughes went to the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships, where she placed 8th.

Hughes performs a spiral at the 2005 World Juniors.

In the 2006–2007 season, Hughes won her first medal on the Grand Prix circuit, then moved up a place at Nationals, winning the silver medal. She competed at the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships and placed ninth.

In the 2007–2008 season, Hughes placed fourth at both her Grand Prix events. On January 15, 2008, it was announced that Hughes would not compete in the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to a hip injury that prevented her from training and competing.[11][12]

Hughes began the 2008–2009 season at the North Atlantic Regional Championships, where she placed 3rd. She qualified for the Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships but received a bye to the 2009 United States Figure Skating Championships due to her Grand Prix assignment. Hughes competed at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix event during the 2008–2009 season, finishing ninth.[13]

On January 19, 2009, Hughes announced her withdrawal from the 2009 United States Figure Skating Championships due to an ankle injury.[14] Later that year, Hughes took a semester off from Harvard in an attempt to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics.[1] She specifically noted she wanted to qualify for the 2010 games so she could experience the Opening Ceremony [2], something she missed in 2006 since she was a late replacement to the team. In January 2010, she placed 9th at the 2010 US Championships and did not qualify for the USA 2010 Winter Olympics team, which only had spots for two skaters.


Hughes performs a Biellmann spin during her Proud Mary exhibition at the 2006 Skate America.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2009–10 Caprice Bohemien
by Sergei Rachmaninov
Gone with the Wind soundtrack
by Max Steiner
2008–09 I Got Rhythm
by George Gershwin
Gone with the Wind soundtrack
by Max Steiner
2007–08 I Got Rhythm
by George Gershwin
Carmina Burana suite
by Carl Orff
2006–07 Carmen
by Georges Bizet
Selections from the ballet, Sylvia
by Léo Delibes
Proud Mary
by John Fogerty, performed by Tina Turner
2005–06 Concerto in F Major for Piano & Orchestra (Allegro)
by George Gershwin
The Seasons
by Alexander Glazunov
2004–05 Concerto in F Major for Piano & Orchestra (Allegro)
by George Gershwin
The Sleeping Beauty
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Competitive highlights

Event 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Winter Olympic Games 7th
World Championships 8th 9th
Four Continents Championships 2nd
World Junior Championships 3rd
GP Skate America 5th 5th 4th 7th
GP Skate Canada International 4th
GP Trophée Eric Bompard 9th
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 5th
U.S. Championships 11th J. 11th J. 6th 3rd 2nd 9th
Eastern Sectionals 8th N. 4th J. 2nd J. 5th J. 2nd
North Atlantic Regionals 4th N. 3rd J. 1st J. 1st J. 1st 3rd 2nd
N. = Novice level; J. = Junior level


  1. ^ "Olympic Games; The New Darling of the Ice; Sarah Hughes Wins Olympic Gold". Irish Connections. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ Jewish News, Jewish Newspapers –
  3. ^, October 25, 2008
  4. ^ "Great Neck North High School 2007 Senior Class". Retrieved July 30, 2007. 
  5. ^ Helm, Guillian H. (May 21, 2007). "Hughes to Come to Harvard". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved June 3, 2008. 
  6. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (September 8, 2011). "The Inside Edge: Catching Up with Emily Hughes". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ Feldman, Jane. I Am a Skater. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2002. ISBN 978-0-375-80256-0
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  9. ^ Mittan, Barry (March 27, 2005). "Hughes Medals in First International". Skate Today. 
  10. ^ DeSimone, Bonnie (October 22, 2005). "Czisny working out jitters, has eyes on Turin". Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ Mittan, Barry (January 13, 2008). "Hughes Follows Family Traditions". Golden Skate. 
  12. ^ "Emily Hughes Withdraws from 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. January 14, 2008. Retrieved June 3, 2008. 
  13. ^ ISU GP Trophée Eric Bompard
  14. ^ Emily Hughes Withdraws from 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships

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