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Mormons in the Olympics: Kate Hansen slides to 10th in luge

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 2:30 p.m. MDT

Kate Hansen of the United States speeds down the track in the third run during the women's singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Michael Sohn, AP) Kate Hansen of the United States speeds down the track in the third run during the women's singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Michael Sohn, AP)

Brigham Young University sophomore Kate Hansen placed 10th in the women’s luge at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Hansen was 10th after the first two runs Monday. After her third run of 50.793 seconds, she was in 13th place. And on her fourth run, she had a time of 50.499 with speeds up to 131.7 kph.

Each luger has four runs down the track; all four times are added together and the one with the lowest overall times wins.

The first two runs for the 31 competitors were Monday and the final two were Tuesday.

Hansen, 21, of La Canada, Calif., competed injured to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. She won her first World Cup event Jan. 25 in Latvia. She’s also the 2013 national champion.

Her pre-race dance routine to Beyonce’s music was noticed and commented on by the announcers.

Kate Hansen of the United States smiles in the finish area after her third run during the women's singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Natacha Pisarenko, AP) Kate Hansen of the United States smiles in the finish area after her third run during the women's singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Natacha Pisarenko, AP)

Upcoming events:

On Wednesday, Christian Niccum will be competing in the men's doubles luge and Torah Bright is scheduled to ride in the halfpipe.

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