Quick, name the most charismatic athlete on the international luging scene? OK, name any athlete on the international luging scene?
If you had an answer to those questions, chances are it was Kate Hansen – the native Californian who has gained fame this week after cameras caught her busting a move to Beyonce before her runs.
The infectious attitude and enviable moves have led to more than 80 articles on Hansen popping up in recent days. For her part, the SoCal native was just trying to stay focused on the challenge ahead of her.
Hansen’s sister is actually a writer for KPIX 5. The two appeared on the 11 p.m. news via skype Monday night, the eve of the luge final.
During the interview, Hansen revealed a little more about her superstitious side, saying “I actually have a pair of shoes that I’ve worn since middle school on every race day since I was 15 and they’ve brought me some pretty good luck.”
As far as the medal hunt goes, the 21-year-old’s luck ran out Tuesday. She finished 10th in the final, nearly 3 seconds off of the gold medal pace. Her teammate Erin Hamlin took home the bronze.
Hansen finished 10th on Tuesday in her Olympic debut. “Today was amazing. Today was so much fun,” she told KCBS after her race. “I’m just grateful that I didn’t make a fool out of myself and laid down some pretty solid runs.”