For immediate release
November 2, 2015
Olympian Julia Clukey Announces Goal to Compete
in 2018 Olympics
Announces inspiration campaign and presentations
at middle and high schools
AUGUSTA, Maine – Today, Olympian Julia Clukey announced that she has set a goal to compete in the sport of luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In addition to her new career goal, Clukey also announced a new “Julia Inspires” campaign that will feature presentations from the Olympian at middle schools and high school across Maine.
“This is a really exciting time in my career both on and off the track. My decision is based on my health and the tremendous support I have received from my family and friends that have supported my dreams and career. I know what it will take to get back to the Olympics and as I have told students across Maine, it is important to focus on taking things one day at a time, while keeping the long-term goal in mind. I am excited to share my goal and I look forward to the opportunity to represent Maine at the Winter Games in 2018,” said Clukey.
Clukey, 30, nearly qualified for the 2014 Olympics, missing the team by 0.013 seconds. This season, Clukey is off to a fast start, winning her eighth U.S. National Start Championship and she recently recorded her first victory of the season in Lillehammer earlier this month. The fall World Cup team trials continue Nov. 7 in Park City, Utah, leading up to the Norton National Championships on November 8 at the same 2002 Olympic course.
|Olympian Julia Clukey and Cheryl Timberlake, executive vice president of the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association, unveil the new look of the “Julia Inspires” campaign.|
As part of the press conference at The Senator Inn & Spa in her hometown of Augusta, Clukey also unveiled plans and visual elements for her “Julia Inspires” campaign. The new community outreach campaign will feature presentations from the 2010 Olympian at Maine middle schools and high schools this spring. Clukey said the presentations will focus on encouraging students to find their passion, create a plan and go after their dreams.
The “Julia Inspires” campaign will build on the success of Clukey’s presentations as spokesperson for the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association (MBWDA) at high schools during the past five years, reaching more than 12,000 students. The new campaign is made possible by the MBWDA and schools can request a presentation at no cost at www.clukeyluge.com.
Clukey was first inspired to try the sport of luge in the USA Slider Search at age 12 in downtown Portland, Maine, and has been competing in the sport of luge for 17 years. Her career has been highlighted by competing in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, winning the U.S. National Championship in 2012 and two silver medals in World Cup competition.