Kate Hansen

Kate Hansen, right, competing in the luge in the wither Olympics in Sochi, greets and thanks supporters, including Cynthia Smithers, of La Canada Flintrdge, Toni Brooks, of Pasadena, Ann Neilson, of La Canada Flintrdige and Claudia Beach, (back to camera) at Los Gringos Locos in La Canada Flintridge on Monday, December 23, 2013. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / December 25, 2013)

Kate Hansen, a 21-year-old who recently qualified to participate in the 2014 winter Olympics celebrated her achievement in La Cañada Flintridge on Monday night.

Hansen, a La Cañada High School graduate, was selected to be a member of the U.S. luge team. She gathered with friends, family, and supporters at Los Gringos Locos.

She held a fundraising event at the restaurant, which her uncle Bent Hansen owns, in September.

Joining the U.S. Olympic team is a bittersweet victory for Kate Hansen, who has been competing since she was a child and narrowly missed getting a spot on the team in 2010.

Last week, she told the Valley Sun that she was speechless when she heard the news.

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