|Birth name||Kate Elizabeth Hansen|
June 9, 1992 |
|Education||Brigham Young University|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||161 lb (73 kg)|
|Other interests||Surfing, Skateboarding, Dancing, Singing, Guitar, Ukulele, Skiing, Traveling,|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||Sochi 2014|
Kate Elizabeth Hansen (born June 9, 1992 in Burbank, California) is an American luger who has competed since 2003. In 2008 she became the youngest Junior World Champion at age fifteen. She has been on the National Team since 2007. She finished 16th in the women's singles event at a World Cup event in Calgary on 21 November 2009. Hansen recently won the USA Luge National Championship in October 2013 while having a broken foot. Hansen came in 10th place in the Sochi 2014 Olympics. She recently teamed up with Jimmy Kimmel in a prank video which made it seem that a wolf had broken into the apartment where she was staying. A few days later, they admitted to the prank after having scared the media, as well as security.
Hansen has been competing since 2003. She would practice luge in California by riding a skateboard down hills on her back. In 2008, at the age of fifteen, Kate was the youngest-ever Junior World Champion. She has been on the United States National Team since 2007, and she finished 16th in the women's singles at a World Cup event in Calgary on November 21, 2009. Hansen recently won the USA Luge National Championship in October 2013 with a broken foot. In January 2014 she was the U.S. Olympic Committee's athlete of the month. Hansen finished 10th place in the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
|2007-2008 Junior World Cup||Winterberg, Germany||23 November 2007||1:31.974||3rd (Bronze)||Youth A Women|
|2007-2008 Junior World Cup||Altenberg, Germany||30 November 2007||1:24.267||4th||Youth A Women|
|2007-2008 Junior World Cup||Innsbruck, Austria||7 December 2007||1:34.128||29th||Youth A Women|
|2007-2008 Junior World Cup||Königssee, Germany||14 December 2007||DNF||Youth A Women|
|2007-2008 Junior World Cup||Park City, USA||17 January 2008||1:24.503||1st (Gold)||Youth A Women|
|2007-2008 Junior World Cup||Calgary, Canada||24 January 2008||1:32.068||1st (Gold)||Youth A Women|
|2007-2008 Junior World Championship||Lake Placid, USA||7 February 2008||1:29.105||1st (Gold)||Junior Women|
|8 February 2008||2:18.676||1st (Gold)||Team Competition|
|2008-2009 Junior World Cup||Winterberg, Germany||9 January 2009||1:29.464||6th||Junior Women|
|2008-2009 Junior World Cup||Altenberg, Germany||16 January 2009||1:28.712||8th||Junior Women|
|2008-2009 Junior World Cup||Innsbruck, Austria||23 January 2009||1:22.877||12th||Junior Women|
|23 January 2009||2:11.402||1st (Gold)||Team Competition|
|2008-2009 Junior World Championship||Nagano, Japan||13 February 2009||1:30.911||5th||Junior Women|
|14 February 2009||2:26.116||2nd (Silver)||Team Competition|
|2009-2010 Viessmann World Cup||Calgary, Canada||19 November 2009||0:47.667||5th||Nation Cup Women|
|21 November 2009||1:35.421||16th||World Cup Women|
|2009-2010 Viessmann World Cup||Innsbruck, Austria||27 November 2009||0:40.374||10th||Nation Cup Women|
|28 November 2009||1:20.169||13th||World Cup Women|
|2009-2010 Viessmann World Cup||Altenberg, Germany||4 December 2009||0:55.784||24th||Nation Cup Women|
|2009-2010 Viessmann World Cup||Lillehammer, Norway||11 December 2009||0:49.752||17th||Nation Cup Women|
|2009-2010 Junior World Cup||Königssee, Germany||15 January 2010||DNF||Junior Women|
|2009-2010 Junior World Cup||Oberhof, Germany||23 January 2010||2:02.064||29th||Junior Women|
|2009-2010 Junior World Cup||Winterberg, Germany||5 February 2010||1:30.677||8th||Junior Women|
|2009-2010 Junior World Championship||Innsbruck, Austria||31 January 2010||1:20.246||3rd (Bronze)||Junior Women|
|31 January 2010||2:11.961||3rd (Bronze)||Team Relay|
|2010-2011 Viessmann World Cup||Park City, USA||18 December 2010||0:44.260||9th||Nation Cup Women|
|2010-2011 Junior World Cup||Altenberg, Germany||14 January 2011||1:27.926||6th||Junior Women|
|2010-2011 Junior World Cup||Innsbruck, Austria||28 January 2011||1:21.873||18th||Junior Women|
|2010-2011 Junior World Championship||Oberhof, Germany||5 February 2011||1:28.844||6th||Junior Women|
|6 February 2011||2:21.707||3rd (Bronze)||Team Relay|
|2011-2012 Viessmann World Cup||23rd|
|2012-2013 Viessmann World Cup||20th Place|
|2013 National Championship||1:29.601||Gold|
|2013 FIL World Championship||Whistler, Canada||14th|
|2013-2014 Viessmann World Cup including Team Relay||Winterberg, Germany||2nd (Silver)||Team Relay|
|2013-2014 Viessmann World Cup including Team Relay||Whistler, Canada||6th Place|
|2013-2014 Viessmann World Cup including Team Relay||Park City, Utah||4th Place|
|2013-2014 Viessmann World Cup||Lillehammer, Norway||1:23.976||1st (Gold)||Women's Singles|
|2014 Olympic Games||Sochi, Russia||10 February 2014||3:22.667||10th Place||Women's Singles|
|DNS = Did not start||DNF = Did not finish|
Hansen appeared in the Olympics for the first time at Sochi 2014 where she had a 10th place finish with a time of 3 minutes 22.667 seconds.
Hansen is a Mormon and currently attends Brigham Young University. She took a year off to attend the Olympics. She graduated from La Cañada High School. She resides in La Cañada Flintridge, California.
Hansen is a fan of Beyoncé and listens to her exclusively while warming up for her races. She warms up by dancing which became her trademark, during the Sochi 2014 Olympics. The official Facebook page of Beyonce posted the link to her dance warm up before Hansen's final race in the Sochi 2014 Luge event wishing her luck. The dance apparently came about as a way to warm-up after she broke her foot and had trouble running to warm-up.
- Kragthorpe, Kurt. "Olympics: BYU student 10th after two solid luge runs". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
- Judd, Brandon (2014-02-10). "BYU Student, U.S. Luger Kate Hansen's Pre-race Dance Routine At Olympics Grabs Worldwide Attention". Deseret News. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
- Campa, Andrew (2014-02-11). "La Canada's Kate Hansen Accomplishes Goal of Taking 10th Place at Olympics". La Canada Valley Sun. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- Plaschke, Bill (2014-02-11). "Sochi Olympics: Finishing 10th, luger Kate Hansen is Games' big winner". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
- Cooper, Sam (2014-02-10). "American Luger Kate Hansen Dances To Beyoncé Before Every Race and Doesn't Care Who Watches". Yahoo. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
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