Birth Name: Sarah Elizabeth Hughes
Place of Birth: Great Neck, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 2, 1985
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Sarah Hughes is an American figure skater. She is the 2001 World bronze medalist in ladies’ singles and the 2002 Olympic Champion.
She is the daughter of Amy and John Hughes. Her father was a captain of the undefeated/untied NCAA champion 1969–70 Cornell University ice hockey team. Her sister is figure skater Emily Hughes. She is said to be a cousin of radio personality Gregg Hughes (Opie, of Opie and Anthony).
Sarah’s maternal grandfather was Andrew G. Pastarnack/Pasternak (the son of Henry/Hans A. Pasternack/Pasternak and Evelyn/Chava Kordonsky). Andrew was born in New York. Henry was born in New York, the son of Samuel Pasternak, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and of Trina Oswold, who was a German Jewish immigrant. Evelyn was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and was the daughter of Moses/Moshe Kordonsky and Yetta/Cela Spigakohoff.
Sarah’s maternal grandmother is Estelle Saul (the daughter of Louis Saul and Anna Ray Schwartz). Estelle was born in New York, to a Russian Jewish father and a Romanian Jewish mother.
Sources: Genealogy of Sarah Hughes (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Sarah’s maternal grandfather, Andrew G. Pastarnack/Pasternak, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Sarah’s maternal grandfather, Andrew G. Pastarnack/Pasternak – https://www.legacy.com