Hansen wins more than 10th place in Sochi

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The “Luge Coug” represented her school, her church and herself well in Sochi. Reports about BYU’s Kate Hansen from the Winter Games applauded her ability on the track, her personality and her faith. While she leaves competition with a 10th-place finish, she also walks away with adoring fans and a smile on her face.

Kate Hansen of the United States smiles in the finish area after her third run during the women's singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Kate Hansen of the United States smiles in the finish area after her third run during the women’s singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Sharing her faith

Highlighted by a local newspaper, Hansen played a part in the conversion of a Russian man, who saw a difference between Hansen and her fellow competitors. She talked about what an incredible experience that was and called it a fulfillment of her patriarchal blessing.

Dancing to Beyoncé

Twitter and Facebook blew up with videos of Hansen’s pre-competition dancing. Her enthusiasm and moves sparked articles from dozens of sources, including one from Yahoo, in which it claimed “Hansen could be Sochi’s most charming athlete.” Wearing big headphones and a shirt with a large eagle printed on it, Hansen didn’t seem to care who watched as she popped and locked.

Finishing with flair

Gold medal predictions surrounded the World Cup luge winner as she entered the games. As she slid into the finish line well behind the leaders, Hansen did so with a smile. She often popped her visor and gave the camera a big smile and peace sign or thumbs up. Not winning ¬†didn’t keep her from savoring her experience and representing herself well.

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