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American luger Kate Hansen loves dancing to Beyonce before racing

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Kate Hansen enjoys dancing before going down the ice in the luge event. (Getty)
Kate Hansen enjoys dancing before going down the ice in the luge event. (Getty Images)

Dancing your butt off without embarrassment is an American pastime.

So kudos to you, Kate Hansen. The American luger/BYU student has a way of coping with the pressures of performing: she puts on some headphones and shakes her tambourine before hopping on the sled and sliding down the track.

Hansen is currently in the top 10 of women's singles luge. The broadcast on Monday caught her pre-race routine, wherein Hansen puts a pair of cans over her ears and proceeds to boogie like no one's watching.

Kate Hansen says she's in her own world when listening to music. (Getty)
Kate Hansen says she's in her own world when listening to music. (Getty Images)

"Honestly, I'm in my own world," Hansen said during a post-race TV interview. "It doesn't matter who's staring, I'm still going to dance."

Hansen -- who has a charming Twitter handle -- finished her second run with a total time of 1:41.375, good for 10th overall as of her finish. American teammate Erin Hamlin is currently third in the standings, at 1:40.632.

"An absolute dream," Hansen said of the experience. "I'm having so much fun, probably the most fun I've ever had sliding. I'm just stoked to be here."

Apparently so. Hansen is truly soaking in her first Olympic appearance:

As for what she listens to before the races begin: it's all Bey.

"Strictly Beyonce," she said. "My girl Bey! She just gets me fierce and I get stoked. I've got good mojo on, so it's how I roll."

Indeed it is. GIF via @dhm. (H/T on Getty Images via Brian Floyd.)

Check the commentator. Who thinks the pre-race dancing hurts Hansen's chances at performing better. That's a thing that actually happened. "Something a little more sports-specific."

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