“The Olympic games are coming and she’s on the luge team/
She’s the fastest on the ice that anybody’s ever seen/
Go Kate, go!”
- Ukulele Bartt
It’s hard to know somebody after just one phone call.
It’s an even more arduous notion when that phone call is nine hours apart, 5,800 miles away and 45 minutes late.
That’s how I met Kate Hansen, though, finally getting through for an interview nearly an hour late as a sunny Southern California morning was out my window and a cold German night carried on outside of her hotel room in Altenberg.
But when you talk to Kate Hansen, even if it’s just for 35 minutes or so, it doesn’t take that long to believe you’ve gotten to know her. And it takes even less time to know you’re going to root for her.
When you correspond with her via email, her smile still jumps out of the screen.