SI: Are you going back to Yale next fall?
Hughes: I'll be going back to Yale often but not to take classes. I'll be skating on the Smuckers Stars on Ice tour. I got a year of Yale under my belt, and I made great friends, but it turned out I miss skating. This is a one-year thing, and afterward I'll see what I want to do regarding [the 2006 Games in] Torino. But ask me why I wanted to do the tour.
SI: O.K., why did you want to do the tour?
Hughes: Well, I figured if I want to find a boyfriend, I can go to every city in the country, find the cute boys and give them seats on the ice to watch me do what I do best.
SI: You were one of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2002. Are you still fascinating?
Hughes: I didn't even know if I was fascinating in 2002. Perhaps I'm two years more fascinating.
SI: So, what should Michael Phelps know about living life as an Olympic champion?
Hughes: That there are other very cute Olympic champions from America who were not in the Summer Games. -- Richard Deitsch
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