Hansen’s Olympic hopes dashed

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La Cañada High senior Kate Hansen’s bid for a place on the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team ended early Wednesday when she came in third place in a race-off against Megan and Emily Sweeney for the last available women’s luge spot.

Megan Sweeney, 22, of Suffield, Conn., beat her sister Emily, 16, and Hansen with a combined two-race time of 1 minute, 38.003 seconds at the Olympic course in Lillehammer, Norway. Emily finished second at 1:38.168 and Hansen, 17, was third (1:38.578).

Megan won the spot and will travel to Vancouver this year; Emily will be an alternate in case of injury.

“Kate’s anxious to come home for the holidays,” said Hansen’s mom, Kathie Hansen, adding her daughter comes home Thursday afternoon. “She’ll resume racing and training on Jan. 2 with the Junior team.”

The Junior World Cup will be held at the beginning of January; the Junior World Championships will follow on Jan. 31 in at Igls, Austria.

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Written by Seth Amitin

December 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Posted in la cañada, Sports

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