Clukey will return for 2014-15 season, future uncertain

READFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Julia Clukey announced today that she will compete next year for the U.S. luge national team. The announcement was made on Marancook Lake at her camp for girls.

"I still feel like I have a lot of goals that I can accomplish on and off the luge track," said Clukey in a statement. "My decision today is also the result of support from my family, coaches, friends, and fans."

The Augusta native did not say if she would compete after the 2014-2015 season. The next Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.

"As I look ahead, I am focused on staying healthy and putting myself in the best position to compete at the highest level. I have certainly thought about the 2018 Olympics but a lot can happen in four years."

Clukey finished 17th in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, but missed qualifying for the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia by .013 seconds.

At one point last season she was considered the top American female luger, thanks in part to a pair of second-place finishes the season before. In 2013 she won two silver medals at the Lake Placid World Cup.


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