Monday, February 25, 2002
Gold medalist Hughes to appear on cereal box
MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes
will be the latest athlete to appear on boxes of General Mills'
Wheaties, the cereal company announced Monday.
In turning in a flawless performance in the free skate Feb. 22
at the Olympics, Hughes leapfrogged favorites Michelle Kwan of the
United States and Russian Irina Slutskaya to capture the gold.
"Winning a gold medal is something that I've dreamed about for
most of my life," Hughes, 16, said. "To top it off, now I have my
own Wheaties box. This is really a dream come true."
Golden Valley-based General Mills will make the 18-ounce package
available in March. Hughes, from Great Neck, N.Y., joins Kristi
Yamaguchi, the 1980 U.S. men's hockey team and others on the famed
orange box, which began its association with athletes in the 1930s.