MOORE — Not many people can say they actually accomplished their lifetime dreams. Even less can say they did it before turning 22.
But that is exactly what Kate Hansen felt when she arrived in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics to compete in the women’s single luge. It was then that it dawned on the 21-year-old that she had reached the pinnacle of everything she had been working toward.
“There were two moments,” Hansen said. “Walking into opening ceremonies, it was probably one of the best experiences of my life. And when I sat on my sled for my very first race. I got on my sled and there were all these cameras in my face, it just kind of hit me. I made it. I actually made it. I just couldn’t stop smiling from there on out,” Hansen said.
Hansen finished 10th in the women’s single luge with a time of 50.499. She was the second-highest placing American behind Erin Hamlin, who took the bronze.
“I’ve waited for that moment my whole life,” Hansen said. “So there was going to be nothing that was going to ruin it for me. I was pretty stoked on how I did. I was pretty happy with a top 10 finish.”
While Hansen didn’t leave Sochi with a medal, that didn’t stop her from making a name for herself. She was caught on live TV with her headphones on and dancing as if she was alone in her room.
“Whether or not people were watching, I was going to dance,” Hansen said. “I was still going to do my thing to get ready. I’ve waited for that moment for so long, I wasn’t going to let stress ruin it for me. I honestly just tried to have the most fun possible. I totally did.”