Christine Hough

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Christine Hough
Personal information
Full name Christine Hough-Sweeney[1]
Country represented Canada
Born (1969-10-09) October 9, 1969 (age 45)
Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
Residence Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Former partner Doug Ladret, Kevin Wheeler
Former skating club Preston FSC, Cambridge
Retired 1992

Christine "Tuffy" Hough (born October 9, 1969) is a Canadian former pair skater. With Doug Ladret, she is the 1988 Canadian national champion and competed twice at the Winter Olympics, in 1988 and 1992.


Hough received her nickname, Tuffy, from her stepfather because she did daring skating moves. She competed early in her career with Kevin Wheeler, winning the 1982 novice title.

Later, she teamed up with Doug Ladret, and in 1985 they won the bronze medal at Canadian nationals. Their best season was 1987–88, when they won the national title as well as Skate Canada International. The pair competed in the Winter Olympics twice, in 1988 and 1992, finishing in the top ten both times.[2] They retired following the 1991–92 season.

Hough and Ladret appeared as skaters in the 1992 movie The Cutting Edge.[3] and spent four years touring with Stars on Ice.[1] Following a thirteen-year hiatus from performing, Hough-Sweeney took part in two seasons of Battle of the Blades, paired with Tie Domi in season 1 and Russ Courtnall in season 2.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, Hough married former Boston Bruins hockey player Don Sweeney, with whom she has twin sons, Jarred and Tyler,[1] born on April 25, 1999. She currently works as a coach at the Skating Club of Boston. She and her family live in Boston.[1]


(with Doug Ladret)

Event 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92
Olympics 8th 9th
Worlds 8th 9th 6th 11th 9th
Skate America 4th 4th
Skate Canada 5th 4th 1st 4th
Internat. de Paris 4th
NHK Trophy 3rd 5th
Nations Cup 2nd
Canadians 3rd 4th 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd


  1. ^ a b c d Elfman, Lois (October 15, 2009). "Hough-Sweeney returns to the spotlight". IceNetwork. 
  2. ^ "Christine Hough". 
  3. ^ IMDB profile
  4. ^ "Battle of the Blades Bio".