Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes is translating skating for NBC's online audience

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FILE - This Oct. 29, 2013 file photo shows U.S. figure skater Sarah Hughes during a taping of the NBC Today NBC's Today Show Celebrates 100 Days To Sochi Olympics in New York. Hughes co-hosts a daily TV-style show on NBC's Olympics website and talks with fans via social media during prime-time skating coverage. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — NBC has built a formidable team of former ice champions to talk about current ones in Sochi, but left one back in the United States to try something new.

Sarah Hughes, the 2002 figure skating gold medalist, co-hosts a daily television-style show online and chats with fans via social media when NBC is showing prime-time skating.

Hughes does her "Olympic Ice" show with co-host Russ Thaler from the NBC Sports Group facility in Connecticut.

The Long Islander says she's used to speaking to ice skating fans who live and breathe the sport every day, as well as those who get interested every four years about this time.

It's those occasional fans she says she's enjoying talking to, to give them pointers on how best to enjoy the competition.

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