The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) is thrilled to announce today the appointment of Sarah Hughes to its Athlete Advisory Panel. Sarah, who won figure skating gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, joins Co-Chairs and fellow Olympians Angela Hucles, current WSF President (soccer), and Angela Ruggiero, WSF Past President (ice hockey) on the Panel. “I am thrilled to join the Women's Sports Foundation's Athlete Advisory Panel,” Sarah said. “I am looking forward to continuing to spread the word about the Foundation and all of its good work in this new capacity.”
At 16, Sarah was the fourth-youngest champion in Olympic history and only the seventh American to capture figure skating gold. That same year, the Great Neck, New York, native was honored with the WSF Sportswoman of the Year Award and was named the USOC’s Sportswoman of the Year. Over the course of her skating career, Sarah medaled five times at the U.S. Championships and is a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
After Sarah retired from competition, she attended Yale University, graduating in 2009 with a BA in American Studies. In addition to her responsibilities as a Senior Vice President at Kingsbridge National Ice Center, Sarah is an active philanthropist, a member of the Athlete Advisory Council for the USOC and a regular contributor for NBCOlympics.com, TeamUSA.org, US Figure Skating and NBC’s Today Show.
Athlete Advisory Panel members—a small, diverse group of accomplished champion female athletes—take part in a structured level of involvement with the Foundation each year. They support and promote new Foundation programs and initiatives, participate in media interviews to amplify the organization’s reach and impact, and make appearances at WSF-related events. Members also take an active role engaging potential sponsors. Most importantly, they are the eyes and ears for all female athletes, telling us what work needs to be done and giving us insight into how we can continue to help. View the complete list of Athlete Advisory Panel members here.
Learn more about Sarah here.