Sochi Wolf Sighting a Hoax

By Jimmy Kimmel


Heading out the door? Read this article on the new Outside+ app available now on iOS devices for members! Download the app.

U.S. luger Kate Hansen is the girl who tweeted wolf. 

The Olympic athlete teamed up with comedian Jimmy Kimmel to pull off a prank that fooled just about everyone—including us. 

Two days ago she tweeted to her nearly 20,000 followers: “Wolf in my hall?!? #SochiProblems #SochiFail” with the following video included:

The story quickly went viral, but it turns out the video was a fake filmed by Kimmel. The animal you see in the shot? He’s a timber wolf mix named Rugby who played his part by running around the fake Sochi hallway.

Hansen had to deal with some security issues after posting the video—one unexpected problem with the stunt.

“Honestly, there was a little more backlash than I thought there’d be,” Hansen said on a Jimmy Kimmel Live interview Thursday. “Security started freaking out, because technically there was a breach. You know, athlete safety. It kind of went a little crazy over here.”

Filed to:

promo logo