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Emily Hughes

b. January 26, 1989

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Emily Hughes until we are able to commission a full entry.

Emily Hughes performs a camel spin at the 2005 World Junior Championships in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Photo courtesy of Vesperholly via Wikimedia Commons.

Emily Hughes showed great promise as an Olympic figure skater, but retired young to pursue the possibilities of a career in business. Hughes began training early and published a children’s book, I Am a Skater, in 2002, the year her older sister Sarah won an Olympic gold medal. Emily Hughes earned a bronze medal of her own at the 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Later that year, after recovering from a bout of viral meningitis, she competed at the Grand Prix, placing fourth. She was a member of the 2006 Olympic skating team and was the 2007 US National silver medalist. Despite injuries and a full course load at Harvard, she continued to compete in national and international championships, but retired from competition in 2010. She graduated from Harvard in 2011 with a sociology degree and began a legislative internship with the US Senate. After a brief stint as a business analyst with Deloitte Consulting, she announced that she would begin working for Google in 2015.

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