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December 30, 2002
Gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes got an early Christmas present on Dec. 13 when she opened her e-mail and learned she'd been accepted into Harvard's class of '07. But though the school has graduated some of skating's brightest—including two-time gold medalist Dick Button (class of'52) and 1992 silver medalist Paul Wylie ('91)—Hughes may not wind up on the Cambridge quads. That's because turning Crimson would mean splitting with her coach, Robin Wagner, who's also Hughes's mentor and best friend. 'T can't move to Boston, I've got a family," Wagner, 44, told SI's E.M. Swift. "If she went to Harvard, she'd have to find someone else."
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December 30, 2002

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Gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes got an early Christmas present on Dec. 13 when she opened her e-mail and learned she'd been accepted into Harvard's class of '07. But though the school has graduated some of skating's brightest—including two-time gold medalist Dick Button (class of'52) and 1992 silver medalist Paul Wylie ('91)—Hughes may not wind up on the Cambridge quads. That's because turning Crimson would mean splitting with her coach, Robin Wagner, who's also Hughes's mentor and best friend. 'T can't move to Boston, I've got a family," Wagner, 44, told SI's E.M. Swift. "If she went to Harvard, she'd have to find someone else."

The brainy 17-year-old (she's an honor student at Great Neck [N.Y.] North High and received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, which requires a GPA of at least 3.5) applied to Harvard "early action," which is non-binding; she's also considering Princeton, Yale and Columbia. Wagner is lobbying for the latter, where Hughes's oldest sister, Rebecca, is in law school. " Columbia's just 20 minutes from where we train in Hackensack ( N.J.)," says Wagner. "It's the only school that works for both of us." Hughes, who'll try to win her first U.S. title next month in Dallas, has until May to decide on Harvard. "She'd like a lifestyle where she can study at a high level and skate at a high level," says her father, John.

?Who let the dog out? John Elway did—and his 150-pound malamute, Kimo, is proving to be as impressive a scrambler as his owner. Elway has received five citations in the past two years after Kimo has been seen running freely on the streets of Cherry Hills Village, the gated Denver community where the Broncos great lives. Last week Elway appeared before municipal court judge James Turre, who fined him $500 and warned that Kimo could be taken away if it is found wandering loose. Said a contrite Elway, "The dog got out, and we won't let that happen again."

?Naked handstands, anyone? Three former Romanian gymnasts—including Olympic medalist and five-time world champ Lavinia Milosovici—have been banned by the Romanian Gymnastics Federation after the organization discovered that five years ago they appeared in an adult movie in Japan. Milosovici, Corina Ungureanu and Claudia Presacan performed gymnastic routines nude for a film that aired on a private cable network....

While on a goodwill visit to the Dominican Republic earlier this month, 68-year-old Sadaharu Oh (868 career home runs in the Japanese Leagues) visited Sammy Sosa (499 career homers and counting) at the Cubs star's home in La Romana....

Kryptonite isn't all that can overcome Superman.

Bethune-Cookman defensive back Rashean Mathis finished the season with 14 interceptions, breaking the Division I-AA record held by Dean Cain, the Princeton star who played Superman for four years in ABC's Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman....

Kurt Russell will portray Olympic coach Herb Brooks in the upcoming Disney movie The Miracle, about the 1980 U.S. gold-medal hockey team....

Snake-fondling rocker Alice Cooper, a former minority owner of the Diamondbacks, will sponsor the Alice Cooper/Montgomery Racing team in the ARCA series next season. His driver, Chase Montgomery, 19, was runner-up in this year's rookie standings.

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