TODAY | November 04, 2009
>> the pharmacy counter.
>> today, all the olympic winter sports have booths and activities set up here all around 30 rockefeller plaza . and look who we found in the skating area, sarah hughes , 2002 olympic gold medalist . sarah, good to see you again.
>> thanks for having me.
>> so, eight years since salt lake , almost nine. what were your fondest memories back --
>> almost eight.
>> almost eight, i mean, yeah. my math is not correct. so, what were your fondest memories?
>> you know, i was 16 when i won, and you know, having it in the home country and just skating and having all my family there. it was unbelievable, i mean, the whole thing.
>> you had a lot of stuff going on along the plaza here. tell me about these skates. this is pretty amazing stuff.
>> yeah. so -- well, today marks the 100 days to vancouver.
>> so, now we need to remind people about figure skating , i guess, and here are skates, their blades throughout the ages. this is from the 1800s .
>> and skating started being popular in holland. and what people would do is they'd take these blades and they'd strap them to the bottom of their shoes.
>> like their wooden shoes .
>> their shoes, right. and so, this is the strap that would go around.
>> that's cool.
>> now, as it progressed, you can see here there wasn't much of a toe pick at all.
>> and so, that started coming around here, and here they start to get a little more advanced in that you would be able to tie it to a key. and now, these are my skates 200 years later. and as you can see the difference from --
>> a little bit of a change.
>> -- the first one. yeah.
>> technology change . so, you graduated from yale this past spring?
>> you're thinking about law school ?
>> yes. a little break from school for now.
>> all right. sarah hughes , thanks so much. folks, come down to 30 rock . 100 days to the winter olympics . sarah, thanks for being here.