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By Seth Amitin | March 26, 2009
She?s no Odysseus, but the five-month long journey around the world came to an end this past week for La Cañada junior Katie Hansen as she wrapped up the luge season with a sixth place showing at the U.S. Senior Nationals. The 2008-09 season was tumultous, but ultimately a good one for Hansen. ?In October she placed fourth in the race offs to determine the U.S. Senior Team,? said her father, John Hansen. ?By finishing fourth she qualified for the US Senior Women?s Team. She went with the Senior Team to Vancouver to train on the new Olympic track.
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By Dan Loumena | January 26, 2014
Steven Holcomb, the veteran bobsled champion, and Kate Hansen, a promising slider in the luge from La Cañada Flintridge, made it a banner day for U.S. competitors in season-ending World Cup competitions on Saturday. Holcomb became the seventh two-man bobsled pilot in World Cup history to win a second season title when he and brakeman Curt Tomasevicz finished seventh in Konigssee, Germany, on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports .  Hansen became the first American to win a major singles luge competition since 2009 and a World Cup event since 1997 when she took the victory in Sigulda, Latvia.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 5, 2014
There really is nary a moment to ponder the romanticism of it all - the danger, the glory, the adrenaline. The slightest of wrong moves has the potential to produce the most phenomenal of falls. “If you think, then you're on your face,” Kate Hansen says. For more than a decade, Hansen, very much the embodiment of a California girl, has devoted her desire, determination, body, mind and soul to luge, speeding down tracks from Utah to Russia. Six runs of practice and then two runs to glory.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 9, 2014
With members of her family now having joined her in Sochi, Russia, Kate Hansen is zeroing in on her Winter Olympics debut . Hansen, a 2010 La Cañada High graduate, will make her first Olympics run in the women's singles luge on Monday at 6:30 a.m. PDT (6:30 p.m. in Sochi). “Kate [is] doing well,” emailed Kathie Hansen on Sunday morning from Sochi. “She is focused.” Kate's parents Kathie and John made the trip to Sochi earlier in the week along with two of their children and are joined by a small contingent of friends from La Cañada Flintridge.
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From Staff Reports | March 14, 2014
La Cañada Flintridge Olympian Kate Hansen is one of 12 athletes who will be lauded at a celebratory parade on Sunday for returning stars of the recently-concluded Sochi Winter Games. The parade will take place in Lake Placid, NY, at 3 p.m. (PDT) down the city's main street and will conclude at The Cottage Café. Speeches will be made by four medal winners and elected officials that will be followed by a lighting of the Lake Placid cauldron and a concluding fireworks show. The four Olympians scheduled to speak are Andrew Weibrecht (silver medal in alpine skiing)
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February 9, 2010
Kate Hansen won a bronze medal in women's luge at the Junior World Championships in Igls, Austria, on Sunday, completing a rollercoaster season on an upswing. A bad time trial cost Hansen a shot at the Olympics in December, but a triumph at the Junior Championships was important for the 17-year-old La Cañada High student. Hansen placed behind gold medalist Corinna Schwab of Germany and silver medalist Sandra Gasparini of Italy, who is headed to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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March 10, 2014
Following a memorable Winter Olympics debut in Sochi, Russia, La Cañada Flintridge's Kate Hansen will be back in her hometown this week, making an appearance at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA on Tuesday before appearances at Los Gringos Locos Wednesday and Thursday. Hansen, who took 10 th place in the women's singles luge at the Olympics in February and became a social media darling in large part due to her pre-luge dancing that was part of her warm-up routine, will be on hand from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA.
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February 12, 2014
La Cañada luger Kate Hansen concluded her first-ever Olympics appearance on Tuesday in Russia, dancing her way off the track at the Sanki Olympic Sliding Center in Polyana, Russia, having accomplished her dream of competing during the Winter Games.  PHOTOS: Locals celebrate Olympian Kate Hansen at Los Gringos Locos   Meanwhile, 6,889 miles across the globe, friends, family and supporters packed into Los Gringos Locos to cheer on...
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 5, 2014
“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.
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By Walter Campbell | July 24, 2008
The La Cañada girls? basketball team can add an impressive win to their summer resume as the Spartans demolished Duarte in a game that ended with an 18-point lead, 38-20, Tuesday evening. The game wasn?t the work of just one player, coach Tamar Hill said, but of the entire team, all of which played well. ?It?s very even scoring,? Hill explained. ?It?s not like one person is carrying us. We have points here, points there. We?ve got a nice even distribution or people contributing.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 17, 2014
No doubt buoyed by the overwhelming popularity gained by Kate Hansen during and following her Winter Olympics debut, USA Luge announced via email Monday afternoon it will bring its USA Luge Slider Search to La Cañada Flintridge. On May 31-June 1, the slider search, which is the same program that began Hansen's involvement with the sport, will take place on Foothill Boulevard, according to an email from Gordy Sheer, the USA Luge marketing director. “I'm so excited to have a slider search in La Cañada,” said Hansen, who is set to attend the clinic.
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From Staff Reports | March 14, 2014
La Cañada Flintridge Olympian Kate Hansen is one of 12 athletes who will be lauded at a celebratory parade on Sunday for returning stars of the recently-concluded Sochi Winter Games. The parade will take place in Lake Placid, NY, at 3 p.m. (PDT) down the city's main street and will conclude at The Cottage Café. Speeches will be made by four medal winners and elected officials that will be followed by a lighting of the Lake Placid cauldron and a concluding fireworks show. The four Olympians scheduled to speak are Andrew Weibrecht (silver medal in alpine skiing)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Living out her dream at 80-plus miles an hour upon the storied stage of the Winter Olympics for all to see across television screens, Internet streams, newspaper covers and social media platforms, Kate Hansen smiled wide, shined bright and very much became a star in the Sochi, Russia Games. PHOTOS: Olympian Kate Hansen visits YMCA for autographs and dodgeball Roughly a month removed from making her Olympic debut as part of the Team USA luge team and concluding her four runs with a 10th-place finish in the women's singles race, Hansen returned home to the states and her native La Cañada Flintridge.
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March 10, 2014
Following a memorable Winter Olympics debut in Sochi, Russia, La Cañada Flintridge's Kate Hansen will be back in her hometown this week, making an appearance at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA on Tuesday before appearances at Los Gringos Locos Wednesday and Thursday. Hansen, who took 10 th place in the women's singles luge at the Olympics in February and became a social media darling in large part due to her pre-luge dancing that was part of her warm-up routine, will be on hand from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA.
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By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | February 20, 2014
What fun it was for all of us last week to cheer on our own Olympian, luger Kate Hansen . Viewing parties were held at Los Gringos Locos, with Kate's uncle, Bent Hansen, holding court, entertaining the masses and welcoming media outlets scrambling for a local angle on the happenings at the Sochi Olympics. In the paper, we've pretty much documented the whole experience in the news and sports sections, as well as in columns. And we were very lucky to have an unofficial (and unexpected)
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February 12, 2014
La Cañada luger Kate Hansen concluded her first-ever Olympics appearance on Tuesday in Russia, dancing her way off the track at the Sanki Olympic Sliding Center in Polyana, Russia, having accomplished her dream of competing during the Winter Games.  PHOTOS: Locals celebrate Olympian Kate Hansen at Los Gringos Locos   Meanwhile, 6,889 miles across the globe, friends, family and supporters packed into Los Gringos Locos to cheer on...
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By Andrew Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
A dream realized and a goal accomplished, La Cañada Flintridge resident Kate Hansen certainly made the most of her first-ever trip to the Winter Olympics. PHOTOS: Fans cheer on local Olympian Kate Hansen at Los Gringos Locos The 21-year-old, who earlier stated that one of her goals was a top-10 finish, did just that, taking 10th overall in the women's singles luge competition at the XII Winter Olympics thanks in part to a strong close on her final run Tuesday evening at the Sanki Olympic Sliding Center in Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia, which is located 30 miles from Sochi.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 10, 2014
If there was a statement to be made by La Cañada Flintridge resident Kate Hansen on the inaugural day of her first-ever Olympic competition, perhaps it's that the 21-year-old was at the XXII Winter Games to both compete and have a good time. PHOTOS: Local Olympian Kate Hansen's first luge runs celebrated in La Canada   The La Cañada High alumna finished 10th after the first day of the two-day-long women's singles luge competition held at the Sanki Olympic Sliding Center in Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia, and perhaps is known as much for her accomplishments on the track as for her dancing exploits off the sled.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 9, 2014
With members of her family now having joined her in Sochi, Russia, Kate Hansen is zeroing in on her Winter Olympics debut . Hansen, a 2010 La Cañada High graduate, will make her first Olympics run in the women's singles luge on Monday at 6:30 a.m. PDT (6:30 p.m. in Sochi). “Kate [is] doing well,” emailed Kathie Hansen on Sunday morning from Sochi. “She is focused.” Kate's parents Kathie and John made the trip to Sochi earlier in the week along with two of their children and are joined by a small contingent of friends from La Cañada Flintridge.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 5, 2014
“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.
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