Kate Hansen:Mormon Olympian

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Kate Hansen Mormon athlete

Kate Elizabeth Hansen is an American Olympian who competes in the luge. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hansen has competed in luge 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 in November 2009. She won the USA Luge National Championship in October 2013 while having a broken foot.

Although she didn’t medal in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia (she placed 10th), she gained worldwide attention for her enthusiastic warm-up dancing to her Beyoncé playlist. She started dancing to warm up when breaking her foot made it difficult to run. The Sochi Olympics was Hansen’s first Olympics and she accomplished her personal goal to finish in the top ten. When Beyoncé heard about Hansen’s warm-up routine, she sent Hansen a Facebook message.

Born on June 9, 1992, in Burbank, California, Hansen is a student at Brigham Young University. She lives in La Cañada, California.