Emily Hughes

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Emily Hughes
Emily Hughes Axel - 2006 Skate America.jpg
Emily Hughes in 2006
Personal information
Full nameEmily Anne Hughes
Country represented United States
Born (1989-01-26) January 26, 1989 (age 32)
Great Neck, New York
ResidenceCambridge, Massachusetts
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
CoachBonni Retzkin, Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson
ChoreographerDavid Wilson, Mark Mitchell
Skating clubSC of New York
Began skating1993
ISU personal best scores
Combined total166.60
2007 Four Continents
Short program60.88
2007 Worlds
Free skate111.26
2007 Four Continents
Medal record

Emily Anne Hughes (born January 26, 1989) is an American former figure skater. She is the 2007 Four Continents silver medalist and 2007 U.S. national silver medalist. She competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics, finishing 7th.

Personal life[edit]

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] She has five siblings. Her older sister, Sarah, is the 2002 Olympic figure skating champion, and her older brother, Matt, became an NYPD officer.

In 2002, Hughes cowrote a book in Random House's Young Dreamers series, I Am a Skater.[4] On December 18, 2005, she was the subject of a cover story in the Sunday New York Times Magazine. She graduated from Great Neck North High School in June 2007,[5] and announced on April 26, 2007 that she would attend Harvard University starting in fall 2007. Hughes had a concentration in sociology with a minor in government, and graduated as a member of the class of 2011.[6]

In 2010, Hughes served as a legislative intern with the United States Senate. Starting in February 2012, she 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.[7] She married Amit Mukherjee on September 2, 2017.[8]

Skating career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Hughes began learning to skate in 1993.[9] In the 2001–2002 season, she qualified for her first U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed 11th in the junior ladies' category. She repeated that placement the following season. She placed 5th on the junior level at the 2003–2004 Eastern Sectional Championships and so did not qualify for the 2004 U.S. Championships.

2004–2005 season[edit]

Hughes moved up to the senior level nationally. 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 Championships. It was her first international competition and she won the bronze medal.[10]

2005–2006 season[edit]

Hughes performs a spiral at the 2005 World Juniors.

In early August 2005, Hughes spent nearly a week in hospital due to viral meningitis.[11] She debuted on the Grand Prix series, placing fifth at both of her assignments. Hughes won the bronze medal at the 2006 U.S. Championships and was named as first alternate for a spot in the U.S. Olympic team. After Michelle Kwan's withdrawal, Hughes was added to the U.S. team at the 2006 Winter Olympics.[12] She flew to Torino and placed 7th.[13][14] She then competed at the 2006 World Championships, placing 8th.

2006–2007 season[edit]

Hughes won her first Grand Prix medal, taking bronze at the 2006 Cup of China. She won silver at the 2007 U.S. Championships and then took silver at the 2007 Four Continents Championships. She placed 9th at the 2007 World Championships.

2007–2008 season[edit]

Hughes switched from long-time coach Bonni Retzkin to Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson at the Skating Club of Boston.[15] She placed fourth at both of her Grand Prix events. On January 15, 2008, it was announced that Hughes would not compete in the 2008 U.S. Championships due to a hip injury that prevented her from training and competing.[16][17]

2008–2009 season[edit]

Hughes began her season at the North Atlantic Regional Championships, where she took the bronze medal. She qualified for the Eastern Sectionals but received a bye to the 2009 U.S. Championships due to her Grand Prix assignment. Hughes placed 9th at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix event.[18]

On January 19, 2009, Hughes announced her withdrawal from the 2009 U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to an ankle injury.[19]

2009–2010 season[edit]

Later that year, Hughes took a semester off from Harvard in an attempt to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics.[20] She specifically noted she wanted to qualify for the 2010 games so she could experience the opening ceremony,[1] something she missed in 2006 since she was a late replacement to the team. In January 2010, she placed 9th at the 2010 U.S. Championships, which meant that she did not receive one of the two available Olympic spots.


Hughes performs a Biellmann spin during her Proud Mary exhibition at the 2006 Skate America.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Gone with the Wind
    by Max Steiner
  • I Got Rhythm
    by George Gershwin
  • Concerto in F Major
    for Piano & Orchestra (Allegro)
    by George Gershwin
  • Concerto in F Major
    for Piano & Orchestra (Allegro)
    by George Gershwin

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10
Olympics 7th
Worlds 8th 9th
Four Continents 2nd
GP Bompard 9th
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 5th
GP Skate America 5th 5th 4th 7th
GP Skate Canada 4th
International: Junior[26]
Junior Worlds 3rd
U.S. Champ. 11th J 11th J 6th 3rd 2nd 9th
Eastern Sect. 8th N 4th J 2nd J 5th J 2nd
North Atlantic Reg. 4th N 3rd J 1st J 1st J 1st 3rd 2nd
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Olympic Games; The New Darling of the Ice; Sarah Hughes Wins Olympic Gold". Irish Connections. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Eden, Ami (March 8, 2002). "How Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes Skated Under the 'Jewish Radar'". forward.com. Archived from the original on April 5, 2003.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Emily Hughes, Olympian & Harvard student, skates at Rockefeller Rink". lifeskate.com. October 25, 2008. Archived from the original on February 1, 2010.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ Feldman, Jane (2002). I Am a Skater. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-0-375-80256-0.
  5. ^ "Great Neck North High School 2007 Senior Class". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (September 8, 2011). "The Inside Edge: Catching Up with Emily Hughes". Icenetwork. Archived from the original on July 1, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ http://www.linkedin.com/pub/emily-hughes/17/466/605
  8. ^ Elfman, Lois (September 21, 2017). "Hughes celebrates nuptials with grand ceremony". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on July 1, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ a b "Emily HUGHES: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 September 2011.
  10. ^ Mittan, Barry (March 27, 2005). "Hughes Medals in First International". Skate Today. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ DeSimone, Bonnie (October 22, 2005). "Czisny working out jitters, has eyes on Turin". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017.
  12. ^ Wilner, Barry (February 12, 2016). "Hughes hopes to emulate big sister Sarah with gold". Arizona Daily Sun. Archived from the original on September 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Costello, Brian (February 24, 2006). "Hughes in 7th Heaven". New York Post. Archived from the original on September 17, 2018.
  14. ^ Armour, Nancy (January 24, 2007). "Listen carefully, Hughes has big dreams". Associated Press. San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on September 17, 2018.
  15. ^ Helm, Guillian H. (May 21, 2007). "Hughes to Come to Harvard". The Harvard Crimson. Archived from the original on October 10, 2007.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  16. ^ Mittan, Barry (January 13, 2008). "Hughes Follows Family Traditions". Golden Skate.
  17. ^ "Emily Hughes Withdraws from 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. January 14, 2008. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  18. ^ "ISU GP Trophée Eric Bompard".
  19. ^ "Emily Hughes Withdraws from 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. January 19, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-01-24.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  20. ^ "News". Harvard Crimson. February 22, 2010. Archived from the original on August 10, 2013.
  21. ^ "Emily HUGHES: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 1, 2009.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  22. ^ "Emily HUGHES: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  23. ^ "Emily HUGHES: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 29, 2007.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  24. ^ "Emily HUGHES: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 15, 2006.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  25. ^ "Emily HUGHES: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 3, 2005.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  26. ^ a b "Competition Results: Emily HUGHES". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 6, 2018.
  27. ^ "Emily Hughes". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
    "Earlier versions". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on December 1, 2007.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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