She fooled us all!
U.S. Olympian Kate Hansen delivered the latest viral video this week, when she tweeted out a wolf roaming outside of her room in Sochi. Seemingly everyone (including us!) ran with the video as another example of how bad the conditions have been for athletes in Russia.
Thursday night it was revealed the video was just a stunt put together with the help of late night host Jimmy Kimmel.
Hansen Skyped into Kimmel’s ABC show and the two broke down how they pulled off the prank… and the drama the luger had to deal with as the video was going viral.
Kimmel could have just used any hallway, but instead had Hansen send a photo of what it looked like outside her room in Russia. That allowed Kimmel’s team to build their own set that was identical to the Sochi building and from there the sky was the limit.
Apparently the limit included using a real wolf — not CGI or a husky — and looking so good it had security meeting with Hansen about the situation.
“Security started freaking out,” Hansen, who finished 10th in the Luge, told Kimmel. “Because technically there was a breach. You know, athlete safety. It kind of went a little crazy over here.”
Even though she won’t be bringing a medal back to the USA, Hansen will finish these Olympic Games as one of the most well known athletes!