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A Penn Law Student is spending the week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after being nominated to the Presidential Delegation for the Winter Olympics. 

Sarah Hughes, 32, a Penn Law Student in the class of 2018 and a former Olympic skater, was the only former athlete named to this delegation, reported The Island Now, a newspaper based in Long Island. As part of the delegation, she has attended the opening ceremony and will also meet with United States athletes in the coming days.

Over the weekend, 17-year-old snowboarder Red Gerard became the first U.S. athlete to win a gold medal for the country at the games. 

Hughes began skating when she was 3 years old.  In 2002, when she was 16 years old, Hughes earned a gold medal in ladies’ singles figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. She remains the most recent American Olympic gold winner in that category and broke American records by winning the Olympics without previously earning a World or U.S. senior national title.

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Since attending Penn Law School, Hughes has worked in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York and served as a summer associate at Proskauer Rose LLP. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Women’s Sports Foundation.

According to Dan Gelston from the Associated Press, Hughes says her dream is to “thrive in the courtroom the way she dominated the ice.” 

Hughes was not immediately available for comment. 

This year, the United States Olympics team has 242 members and is the largest and the most diverse team in American Winter Olympics history.

The 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony took place on Feb. 9 and will last until Feb. 25. 

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