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Beyoncé cheers on BYU's Kate Hansen and her dance moves

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12 2014 12:55 p.m. MST

Olympic luger Kate Hansen has become well-known for her pre-race warm up. (NBC/ YouTube screen shot) Olympic luger Kate Hansen has become well-known for her pre-race warm up. (NBC/ YouTube screen shot)

By now, anyone who is interested in the Winter Olympics is likely aware of Brigham Young University student Kate Hansen and her pre-race dance routine — and that now includes American pop artist Beyoncé Knowles.

As Hansen waited to compete in the luge event Monday for the United States, many were caught off-guard by her unconventional approach to preparing. Hansen was spotted on camera several times with headphones on, busting a move. And although she did not medal in the women's luge event, coming in at 10th place, Hansen has continued to make headlines.

In a post-race interview with NBC, Hansen explained the kind of music she listens to before competing.

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

The United State's Kate Hansen dances to warm up before her second run in the women's race of the luge World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Hansen placed fourth. Hanson's dancing has also been highlighted during the Olympics. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) The United State's Kate Hansen dances to warm up before her second run in the women's race of the luge World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Hansen placed fourth. Hanson's dancing has also been highlighted during the Olympics. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Shortly after Hansen announced Beyoncé as her motivation, the pop artist responded by posting a story about Hansen on her Facebook page.

Hundreds responded to the post, including the official Facebook account for Brigham Young University.

The university posted: "Thanks for sharing, Beyoncé. We're proud of our dancing Olympian. Top 10 in the world!"

Some coaches catch Kate Hansen dancing to warm up before her second run in the women's race of the luge World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Hansen placed fourth. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Some coaches catch Kate Hansen dancing to warm up before her second run in the women's race of the luge World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Hansen placed fourth. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

The USA Luge Facebook page also commented: "Wow! Thank you Beyoncé! I'm sure Kate would love to show you her moves in person."

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