Southern California Olympic luger Kate Hansen is being criticized by former luge Olympians after NBC captured her dancing warm-up routine.
Former American luger Duncan Kennedy during a broadcast earlier this week didn’t seem impressed by Hansen’s dance moves.
“I would like to see something a little more sports-specific from her … Because the start has to be a powerful, explosive movement,” Kennedy said. “And while that might be a very good, general warm-up, I’m not sure it gets the job done for medal contention.” (NBC)
The 21-year-old took to dancing before competitions after she broke her foot in October. The injury had prevented her from running, even walking; so, she created her own way to relax the muscles and get the heart pumping.
She only listens to Beyonce because, as she added, “She just gets me fierce and I get stoked. I’ve got good mojo on; so, it’s how I roll.”
After her foot healed and she made the U.S. Olympic team in December, Hansen stuck with the routine because it built confidence in herself and has brought success in her qualifying rounds.
Hansen finished in 10th place at Sochi.