Olympian Julia Clukey Announces Retirement
Clukey’s 19-year luge career highlighted by 2010 Olympics
AUGUSTA, Maine – Olympian Julia Clukey officially announced her retirement from the sport of luge today at a press conference at the Kennebec Valley YMCA in her hometown of Augusta. She made the announcement based on recent concerns about her future health related to onset of pain she has experienced from Arnold-Chiari malformation, a congenital brain condition that she has endured throughout her career.
Clukey, 31, first tried the sport of luge at age 12 during a recruiting event in downtown Portland, Maine, and has competed in the sport for 19 years. Her career has been highlighted by finishing 17th at the 2010 Olympics, and winning the U.S. National Championship in 2012 and two silver medals in World Cup competition. Clukey also nearly qualified for the 2014 Olympics, missing the team by .013 seconds. Read more…