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Hughes eighth after short program; Cesario 16th

Emily Hughes competes during the ladies short program

Emily Hughes competes during the ladies short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash. (January 21, 2010) Credit: AP

SPOKANE, Wash. - Emily Hughes, the bronze medalist at the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships who gained an Olympic berth in Turin, will be hard pressed to make this year's Olympic team.

Skating at this year's national championships last night, the Kings Point resident scored 53.75 in the short program, putting her well behind the leaders in eighth place.

Another Long Islander, Samantha Cesario of Oceanside, scored 44.33 and was 16th.

Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen, skating for the first time since the 2006 world championships, scored 69.63, putting her in second place, just behind Mirai Nagasu (70.66) and ahead of Rachael Flatt (69.35).

Only two Americans will qualify for next month's Olympics in Vancouver.

The free skate is scheduled for Saturday.

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