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American luger Kate Hansen dances to Beyonce before every race and doesn't care who watches

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Kate Hansen of the United States dances as she listens to music watched by security prior to the Women's Luge Singles on Day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Kate Hansen of the United States dances as she listens to music watched by security prior to the Women's Luge Singles on Day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Many athletes have specific pre-game or pre-race rituals that they stick to no matter what. Whether it’s for superstitious reasons or just a way to calm the nerves, they do what works best for them.

What works best for American luger Kate Hansen? Dancing.

What is she listening to while she dances?

[Video: Watch Hansen's pre-race dance routine]

“Strictly Beyonce. My girl Bey,” she told NBC in a post-race interview. “She just gets me fierce and I get stoked and I just have to (dance). I have good mojo going on so it’s just how I roll.”

NBC cameras captured Hansen busting a move, but she said she doesn’t even notice the cameras in her face. She’s in the zone.

“Honestly, I’m completely in my own world and it doesn’t matter who’s staring. I’m still gonna dance,” Hansen said.

[Photos: Is American Kate Hansen the most charming athlete in Sochi?]

Hansen, who currently sits in tenth place in the women’s singles luge after posting a time of 1:41.375, described her Olympic experience as “an absolute dream.”

“I’m having so much fun – probably the most fun I’ve ever had sliding. I’m just stoked to be here and I had two pretty clean runs so I’m just happy,” she said.  

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