1985 – She was born on the 2nd day of May this year in Great Neck, New York. She is the fourth of six children; her father is a Canadian of Irish descent
1998 – Hughes began skating at the age of three. She showed promise when she won this year’s U.S. Junior Championships.
1999 – She placed second at the 1999 World Junior Championships. She was dubbed a "baby ballerina".
2001 – She took bronze at the Grand Prix Final and the World Championships.
2002 – She won gold medal in this year’s Winter Olympics held in Lake City, Utah. She received the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the U.S. That year, she was also inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
2003 – Hughes did not compete at the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships. While she finished 2nd at the
2003 U.S. Championships, she faltered at the World Championships one month later and finished in 6th place.
2006 – She traveled to Turin to cheer on her younger sister Emily Hughes, who took seventh place in the women’s figure skating event.