READFIELD - "I still have a lot of fuel left in my tank and things I want to accomplish in the sport, and I'm ready to cross some more things off my list," Olympian and Maine native Julia Clukey said to a crowd of media members and her campers in Readfield on Tuesday afternoon.
After taking some time off to think about her future, Clukey announced that she will continue to compete in the sport of luge for at least one more season. Last season, Clukey missed qualifying for the 2012 Olympics by .013 seconds. Her decision to compete this season allows her to participate in World Cup events, including the Norton National U.S. Championships at her home track in Lake Placid, New York.
"I started working out about a month ago and I feel really good about how things are going, you know, getting back in shape," Clukey explained. "I took quite a bit of time off, more than I've ever before in the last 16 years. It felt good both mentally and physically but I'm happy to be back in the gym now," she continued.
Clukey says she will likely have a good idea about her decision to participate in the 2018 Olympics after the season is over.
As part of today's announcement, Clukey also said she will continue her outreach to young Mainers with high school presentations across the state in the upcoming school year.