Not only were Hansen’s exuberant dance moves and rhythmic gyrations shown live on NBC, the clips became an instant hit on social media, news shows and late-night TV. Hansen had unwittingly become an Olympic celebrity from her normal warm-up routine, which always includes listening to Beyonce.
“I’ve done it for most of my career, but I would usually just get really embarrassed,” Hansen said. “I would go into a corner and start dancing, and if people would look, I’d stop. I’d get really embarrassed by it.
“But this year, I broke my foot right before open trials and couldn’t properly warm up, but I could dance in place. I kind of took it to the next level because I had no options. I needed to get warmed up before sledding. So if people were going to stare, it didn’t matter to me.”
Hansen had reached the point in her life where she was no longer going to let a small thing such as fear hold back her joy. She discovered this when she thought her dreams had been snatched away from her.
Hansen, who is a member of the Latter-day Saints, said her faith played a big part in being able to overcome the adversity she has faced in her life and luge career.
“When I broke my foot, I pretty much felt my dreams were shattered,” Hansen said. “I broke it a couple of days before the trials. You don’t train your whole life to get injured. I thought it was all over. I just kept thinking what’s supposed to happen will happen, so I just need to have faith that it will work out.
“With that in mind, I never let myself draw on the negative. I just kept moving forward and acted like nothing happened. I just knew if it was meant to be, I’d go to the Olympics.”