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La Cañada High School grad goes for gold

La Cañada High School grad goes for gold

More than a decade after Kate Hansen first began sledding, she finds herself closer than ever to realizing her Olympic dream.

The La Cañada High School graduate succeeded in her second attempt at making the U.S. women's luge team and will compete Monday in her first run at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“I’m excited to finally live out my dream,” said the 21-year-old Hansen, a 2010 La Cañada High graduate and a lifelong La Cañada Flintridge resident. Hansen began sledding when she was 10 after attending a luge recruitment camp in Long Beach.

A month ago, Hansen was in Altenberg, Germany, for the eighth leg of the...