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Down East native Gladys Ganiel runs past St. Patrick's Church in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, on her way to winning the Jimmy's 10K Road Race in March.

Maine native named alternate to Irish Olympic women’s marathon team

By Ernie Clark on May 24, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
Gladys Ganiel could become eligible to replace one of the three team members should any of them be forced to drop out because of injury.
Julia Clukey

Augusta’s Julia Clukey named to USA Luge ‘C’ team

By Ernie Clark on May 02, 2016, at 7:52 p.m.
BANGOR | Julia Clukey was in the Queen City on Monday morning, bringing her “Julia Inspires” speaking tour to more than 400 students at John Bapst Memorial High School. The Augusta resident and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team not only delivered a motivational message encouraging the …
Bridget Woodward (from left) and Jamie Wren chat with Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan after Kwan spoke in support of Hillary Clinton in a conference room in the Charles Inn in Bangor on Tuesday.

Olympic skating medalist Michelle Kwan in Maine to stump for Clinton

By Dawn Gagnon on March 01, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
With less than a week to go before Maine’s Democratic caucuses, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan stopped by Hillary Clinton’s Bangor campaign office on Broad Street Tuesday to energize supporters.
Augusta native Julia Clukey

Augusta’s Julia Clukey preps for USA Luge start competition

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 19, 2015, at 2:17 p.m.
LAKE PLACID, New York — Just when the temperatures seemingly couldn’t get hotter in the Northeast comes the start of the winter sports season. Sort of. Julia Clukey of Augusta, Maine, and other members of the USA Luge national and junior national teams are set to gather in upstate New …

‘Frisbee’ comes of age, earns Olympic recognition

By Karolos Grohmann, Reuters on Aug. 03, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
KUALA LUMPUR — The sport of flying disc, commonly known as “frisbee,” was officially recognized as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee on Sunday, opening the way for it to try and join the Games in the future. After meeting all the criteria to become an Olympic sport, …

U.S. drops Boston’s embattled bid to host 2024 Olympic Games

By Scott Malone and Jacqueline Tempera, Reuters on July 27, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
BOSTON — The U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday rescinded Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after the mayor said his city’s taxpayers could not afford to host the large-scale event. The move was met with relief by Massachusetts officials, who had faced an active opposition campaign that fought …

Boston mayor ‘cannot commit’ to Olympic bid if taxpayers at risk

By Jacqueline Tempera, Reuters on July 27, 2015, at 11:40 a.m.
BOSTON — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Monday said he would not “commit” to a deal to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games if doing so would leave city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such a large-scale event. The idea of hosting the Summer Games in the city …

Clukey named to national luge team

By Ernie Clark on May 01, 2015, at 11:31 a.m.
Augusta’s Julia Clukey is one of eight Olympians named to the USA Luge national team this week. A Vancouver Olympian in 2010, Clukey overcame numerous physical issues to become USA Luge’s top-ranked woman racer and sixth-ranked in the world during the 2012-2013 season, which was highlighted by a World Cup …
Holly Stewart

Former UMaine field hockey players relish experience on Canadian national team

By Larry Mahoney on March 27, 2015, at 8:35 p.m.
Holly Stewart decided a year ago that if she wanted to realize her lifelong dream of playing field hockey for Team Canada in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she would have to finish up her University of Maine degree a semester early. That meant taking …

USOC unconcerned about drop in support for Boston bid

By Reuters on March 13, 2015, at 7:54 p.m.
Celebration has given way to concern among Bostonians as the United States Olympic Committee on Friday went about the business of shoring up support for the U.S. city bidding to host the 2024 Olympics. Boston was unveiled as the surprise choice over two-time host Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington …
Augusta native and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team Julia Clukey speaks before an auditorium of Biddeford High School seniors on April 29, 2014.

Augusta’s Julia Clukey 17th at luge world championships

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 15, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
Augusta’s Julia Clukey finished 17th overall Saturday in the women’s singles final at the 45th International Luge Federation World Championships in Sigulda, Latvia. Clukey, a 2010 U.S. Olympic team member, finished her two runs in a combined time of 1 minute, 25.378 seconds. Natalie Geisenberger of Germany won the gold …
Augusta native Julia Clukey of the United States competes during the FIL women's Luge World Cup at Utah Olympic Park in 2013. Clukey is still adjusting to new equipment heading into this week's world championships at Sigulda, Latvia.

Maine’s Julia Clukey preps for luge world championships with new sled

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 10, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
Julia Clukey hasn’t been as successful as she hoped to be so far during this World Cup luge season. But the 29-year-old Augusta native is focused on longer-range goals, which she hopes will get a jump-start this weekend at the 45th International Luge Federation World Championships in Sigulda, Latvia. Clukey …
A man walks past the Olympic rings before the opening of the 127th International Olympic Committee session in Monaco in this December 2014 file photo.

Boston chosen as US candidate city for 2024 Summer Olympics

By Reuters on Jan. 08, 2015, at 6:39 p.m.
Boston has been selected as the American candidate city that will bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Thursday. Boston, which has never hosted an Olympics, was unveiled as the surprise pick over two-time host Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington after the USOC’s board …
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (centers) enters a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Olympics superstar Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years for killing his girlfriend

By Terrence McCoy, Washington Post on Oct. 21, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who dazzled the world with his sprinting in the 2012 Olympics, was sentenced to 5 years in prison by a South African judge on Tuesday morning, bringing to a close a trial that has captivated world audiences in a way unseen since the trial of …
Julia Clukey (center) poses for a photo with some of the participants during her week-long Camp For Girls in June at Maranacook Lake in Readfield.

Augusta’s Julia Clukey fourth in Lillehammer Cup pre-season luge race

on Oct. 15, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Augusta’s Julia Clukey raced to a fourth-place finish at the preseason Lillehammer Cup held recently on the 1994 Olympic luge course. The race, featuring the world’s top competitors in the sport, capped off a week of overseas training for the U.S. team. Erin Hamlin of Remsen, New …
The Olympic flame is reflected in the window at the Olympics Park during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games in February 2014.

Will Maine sites be included in regional Boston 2024 Olympics bid?

By William Hall on July 22, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | The cities and the years are almost synonymous. Sochi 2014. London 2012. Atlanta 1996. Can you say, “Portland 2024”? The region could be a site of international Olympic competition 10 years from now, after Boston last month advanced to the short list of U.S. cities that may …
Julia Clukey said she would compete in the luge for one more year during a press conference held Tuesday in Readfield.

Augusta luger Julia Clukey to continue competing at least one more season

By Ernie Clark on June 24, 2014, at 8:29 p.m.
Julia Clukey isn’t ready to forgo her competitive urges just yet. The 2010 U.S. Olympic luger from Augusta, who nearly qualified for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, only to come up 13 one-thousandths of a second short, told 40 young participants Tuesday at her summer camp on Maranacook …
Members of the Maine Warden Service gather at the public boat access lot at Megunticook Lake in Camden as they prepare to send divers into the water in search of a James Wescott, who fell in on Tuesday morning.

Wardens find body of James Wescott, father of Olympic snowboarder

By Abigail Curtis and Stephen Betts on May 27, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
CAMDEN | The body of 71-year-old James Wescott, beloved coach and father of Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott, was found Tuesday night in Megunticook Lake, where he drowned Tuesday morning while rowing with a friend, according to John MacDonald, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Wescott …
Julia Clukey of the United States waves at the finish after her first run of the women's singles luge competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

Augusta’s Julia Clukey earns spot on USA Luge team

on May 20, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
LAKE PLACID, New York — Sochi Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin headlines the team scheduled to hit the ice when the luge World Cup kicks off Nov. 29-30 in Igls, Austria. Six of her fellow Sochi Olympians were also named to teams within the USA Luge structure. Hamlin, of Remsen, …
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame inducted nine new members during a ceremony Sunday at the Augusta Civic Center. A President's Award was also given to William Haggett. The inductees are (front row, from left): former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, Abigail Spector, Bill Green, and President's Award winner Haggett; and back row: Steve Pound, Ed Flaherty, Eleanor Logan, Julia Clukey, Jack Cosgrove and Joe Ferris.

Nine members inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame

on May 04, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A prestigious nine-member class was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame during its 39th annual awards banquet Sunday at the Augusta Civic Center. The inductees included former U.S. Senate majority leader George Mitchell, winter Olympian Julia Clukey, University of Maine football coach Jack Cosgrove, former …