Kate Hansen

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Kate Hansen
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Personal information
Birth name Kate Elizabeth Hansen[1]
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Born (1992-06-09) June 9, 1992 (age 22)
Burbank, California
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,
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Luge
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.

Career[edit]

Hansen has been competing since 2003. She would practice luge in California by riding a skateboard down hills on her back.[2] 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.[2] Hansen finished 10th place in the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

Competition Location Date(s) Time Rank Events
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
7th Women's Singles
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

Sochi 2014[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Hansen is a Mormon and currently attends Brigham Young University.[3] She took a year off to attend the Olympics. She graduated from La Cañada High School.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] The dance apparently came about as a way to warm-up after she broke her foot and had trouble running to warm-up.[3]

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