SI: Now that you're a reporter, you're finally getting a sense of what it's like to work hard at the Games, right?
Hughes: Hey, I worked hard at the last Olympics.
SI: What's the best question you've asked in your new gig?
Hughes: I was with Michael Phelps's mom, and I asked her, "What are my chances of getting a date with Michael?"
SI: What did she say?
Hughes: She said since Michael and I are friends, she didn't think dinner would be too difficult.
SI: Have you gotten a chance to interview Australian softball pitcher Tanya Harding?
Hughes: No, but one time I did interview American boxer Tonya Harding.
SI: At Yale how often did you party with the Bush daughters?
Hughes: I think this a trick question (laughs).