Wolf video was a hoax; USA Luge not happy with athlete

Wolf video was a hoax; USA Luge not happy with athlete

Credit: YouTube / Kate Hansen

Wolf video was a hoax; USA Luge not happy with athlete

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by USA TODAY Sports

KING5.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 8:52 AM

SOCHI -- When U.S. luge slider Kate Hansen posted a video online questioning whether there was a wolf walking down her hallway, it was part of a hoax involving talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Hansen, who finished competing Feb. 11 and is staying at the Olympic village, tweeted a video Thursday morning with the hashtag #sochiproblems and #sochifail. The #sochiproblems hashtag was commonly used by visitors to Sochi for complaints surrounding the Games.

"I'm not sure about repercussions, but I can tell you that our organization is not happy with the incident," USA Luge spokesman Sandy Caligiore said in an email to USA TODAY Sports. "Sochi problems? Sochi fail? That's not USA Luge speaking."

Hansen plans to attend closing ceremony Sunday.

On Kimmel's show Thursday night, he called her the girl who tweeted wolf -- the latest participant in his series of fake viral videos.

Hansen appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live via a Skype feed from Sochi, and the two discussed how they made it happen.

Instead of shooting the fake video in some random dorm hallway, Kimmel had Hansen take a photo of the hallway outside her dorm room, then had his art department work 15 hours to recreate a life-sized replica of the Sochi dorm in his studio.

From there it was just the simple matter of bringing in a real Timber Wolf mix named Rugby and letting him run through the fake hallway. Yes, Kimmel confirmed, it was a real wolf, not a Husky dog.

And real security issues, too.

"Honestly, there was a little more backlash than I thought there'd be," Hansen told Kimmel. "Security started freaking out, because technically there was a breach. You know, athlete safety. It kind of went a little crazy over here."

A spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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