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Emily 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 the younger sister of Sarah Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion.

Personal life

Emily Hughes was born in Great Neck, New Yorkmarker. Her father, John Hughes, is a Canadian of Irish descent, and was the captain of the NCAA champion 1969-70 Cornell Universitymarker ice hockey team. Her mother, Amy Pastarnack, is Jewish 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.

Hughes has five siblings. One of her older sisters, Sarah, is the 2002 Olympic champion.

She graduated from Great Neck North High Schoolmarker in June 2007, and announced on April 26, 2007 that she would attend Harvard Universitymarker 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 Bostonmarker.

In 2002, she co-wrote a book in Random House's Young Dreamers series, I Am a Skater. On December 18, 2005, Hughes was the subject of a cover story in the Sunday New York Times Magazine.


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.

She 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.

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 Torinomarker and placed 7th. After the Olympics, Hughes went to the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships, where she placed 8th.

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 prevents her from training and competing.

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.

On January 19, 2009, Hughes announced her withdrawal from the 2009 United States Figure Skating Championships due to an ankle injury.. Later that year, Hughes announced she would temporarily withdraw from Harvard in an attempt to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics .


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 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010
Winter Olympic Games 7th
World Championships 8th 9th
Four Continents Championships 2nd
U.S. Championships 3rd 2nd
Skate America 5th 5th 4th 7th
Trophee Eric Bompard 9th
Skate Canada International 4th
Cup of China 3rd
Cup of Russia 5th
Eastern Sectionals
North Atlantic Regionals 3rd 2nd


Event 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005
World Junior Championships 3rd
U.S. Championships 11th J. 11th J. 6th
Eastern Sectionals 8th N. 4th J. 2nd J. 5th J. 2nd
North Atlantic Regionals 4th N. 3rd J. 1st J. 1st J. 1st
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level


  1. Irish Connections - A Magazine For The Irish Worldwide
  2. Jewish News, Jewish Newspapers -
  3., October 25, 2008
  4. Great Neck North High School 2007 Senior Class. Accessed July 30, 2007.
  5. Helm, Guillian H. "Hughes to Come to Harvard." The Harvard Crimson. May 21, 2007. Accessed on June 3, 2008.
  6. Feldman, Jane. I Am a Skater. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2002. ISBN 978-0375802560
  7. Hughes Medals in First International
  8. Mittan, Barry. "Emily Hughes Follows Family Traditions." Golden Skate. January 13, 2008. Accessed on June 3, 2008.
  9. "Emily Hughes Withdraws from 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships." Welcome to U.S. Figure Skating. January 14, 2008. Accessed on June 3, 2008.
  10. ISU GP Trophée Eric Bompard
  11. Emily Hughes Withdraws from 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships

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