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Local Olympian Kate Hansen honored in Sacramento

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Photo : Olympian Kate Hansen honored in Sacramento March 10, 2014 (l-r) Asm. Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles); Assembly Minority Leader, Asm. Connie Conway (R-Tulare); Kate Hansen; Speaker of the Assembly, Asm. John Perez (D-Los Angeles); Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, Asm. Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach)

Photo : Olympian Kate Hansen honored in Sacramento March 10, 2014 (l-r) Asm. Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles); Assembly Minority Leader, Asm. Connie Conway (R-Tulare); 214 Olympian Kate Hansen; Speaker of the Assembly, Asm. John Perez (D-Los Angeles); Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, Asm. Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach)

Southland 2014 Olympian, Kate Hansen, was honored during the “Woman of the Year”  awards ceremony in the Assembly Chambers of the State Capitol in Sacramento yesterday. Hansen was among 80 recipients who were recognized for making  “… a great contribution to California and who have inspired women and girls in California and beyond,” according to a news release.

Photo: Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) escorted 2014 Olympian Kate Hansen into the assembly chambers in Sacramento March 10, 2014

Photo: Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) escorted 2014 Olympian Kate Hansen into the Assembly Chambers in Sacramento March 10, 2014

Assemblyman Gatto nominated Hansen for her “… athletic accomplishments and indomitable spirit.” Gatto explained it this way in the release: “I owe so much to the strong women in my life, who inspired me.  Kate Hansen inspired the world at Sochi.”

Hansen is the first American to win a World cup luge singles event  in almost 17 years. Shortly after winning the U.S. National champion, the La Cañada Flintridge resident, broke her foot. Despite the injury, three months later she placed 10th in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Hansen is back in the Southland today with a busy schedule. Details here.

 

( Note, photos courtesy Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s office)

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