"LUGE!!" Winter Olympic Sport

Kate Hansen

Kate Hansen - Broken, Not Beaten

Kate Hansen

Kate was born in Burbank, California on June 9th, 1992. At age fourteen Kate was asked to travel to Europe With the U.S. Junior team, A year later she shocked the world when she became the world youngest American to win the junior world championship.She placed ten in women luge singles in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic


  • In high school, Kate was a league champion high jumper
  • Kate enjoys surfing and eating watermelon
  • Kate's favorite artist is Beyonce
  • Kate's favorite movies are Mean Girls and She's the Man

Backgroud of Luge

References to sled racing first appeared in chronicles from Norway in 1480 and the Erz Mountain region in 1552.The first international luge race took place in Feb. 1883 with 21 competitors representing six nations, including the United States. The four-kilometer race, from the Swiss resorts of St. Wolfgang to Klosters, and organized by hotels in Davos, was won by Georg Robertson, a student from Australia, and Peter Minch, a mailman from Klosters, who each raced to identical first place times of 9 minutes, 15 seconds.

In 1955, the first world championships were held in Oslo, and in 1957, in Davos. Luge originated in St. Mortizs, Switzerland. Luge was first introduced into the Olympics Winter Games in 1964.

Kate's pregame warm up dance

U.S. Luger Kate Hansen's Dance Warm up at the Sochi Olympics