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 …

Maine native and Olympic luger Julia Clukey tells her story and gets a birthday surprise

By Seth Koenig on April 29, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
Julia Clukey, an Augusta native and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team, tells a Biddeford High School audience of her rise in the sport and encourages the students to follow their dreams. Then the students give her a birthday surprise.

‘I’m scared to sleep,’ tearful Pistorius tells court

By David Dolan, Reuters on April 07, 2014, at 7:58 p.m.
PRETORIA — His voice trembling with emotion, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defense Monday, saying the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend last year had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. The disabled South African track star, on trial for murder, apologized to the …
Russell Currier is a member of the US Olympic biathlon team.

Maine biathlete Currier to make White House visit

By Ernie Clark on April 01, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox were honored at the White House on Tuesday. On Thursday, it’s Russell Currier’s turn. The 26-year-old biathlete from the Aroostook County hamlet of Stockholm and other members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that competed at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, …

Sports briefs for February 25, 2014

By wire service reports on Feb. 25, 2014, at 7:40 p.m.
NBA to consider enlarging courts The NBA is exploring the possibility of expanding the dimensions of the basketball court to accommodate the growing size and increased athleticism of players, ESPN reported on Tuesday. NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe also acknowledged in an interview …
Finland's goalie Tuukka Rask attempts to tie up Russia's Alexander Ovechkin during the second period of their men's quarter-finals ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, on Feb. 19, 2014.

Ovechkin, Backstrom ready to forget Olympic hockey experience

By Steve Ginsburg, Reuters on Feb. 25, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom returned to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday determined to forget their bitter Olympic experiences and help their National Hockey League club secure a spot in the playoffs. Ovechkin scored just one goal in five games for Russia and never reached the podium …
Russell Currier of Stockholm, Maine during the men's individual biathlon of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.

Maine Olympian Currier ready to resume World Cup biathlon schedule

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 25, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
His Olympic debut may be history, but the competitive season continues for Maine biathlete Russell Currier. The 26-year-old Stockholm native, who took part in three events for the U.S. Olympic men’s biathlon team during its two-week stay at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, is expected to remain in …
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (right) waves the Olympic flag next to Sochi Mayor Anatoliy Pakhomov during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Sunday.

Russia tops medals table as Sochi Games end amid doping scandals

By Mike Collett-White, Reuters on Feb. 23, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — The Winter Olympics drew to a close on Sunday with host nation Russia on top of the medals table and Canada winning the men’s ice hockey final, but news that two more athletes tested positive for banned substances dimmed the golden glow. Canada claimed the last, most …
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