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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Michelle Kwan's medals collection still is incomplete, thanks to yet another American teen-ager _ Sarah Hughes.

The 16-year-old Hughes, with the performance of her young life, soared from fourth place to win the free skate and the Olympic gold medal Thursday night. While Hughes played the same role as Tara Lipinski four years, Kwan made two major mistakes to fall to third, behind Russian Irina Slutskaya.

Hughes is a year older than Lipinski was at the Nagano Games. She also was a much longer shot to win here, because Lipinski owned a world title in 1998. And Kwan is a far more accomplished skater now, with four world championships and six U.S. titles.

But Hughes was sensational and the rest of the top competitors were ordinary.

``Oh, my God. Oh, my God,'' coach Robin Wagner screamed when the marks showed Hughes had won. Hughes' mouth dropped open and tears sprang from both of their eyes.