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Luge champ Julia Clukey on the run

After major surgery, the newly crowned national women’s luge champion from Augusta, Maine, is back on the fast track.

USA Luge has a recruitment tour that travels around. We put rollerblade wheels on sleds, go to different cities, and introduce the sport to kids.When I was 12, my friend and I read about the tour coming to Portland, Maine. We thought IT SOUNDED LIKE FUN. They set up a bunch of cones for us to weave in and out of. A couple months later, I got a letter in the mail inviting me to Lake Placid, New York, that winter to try the real sport on ice.

Right from the very first run I KNEW I LOVED THE SPORT, the adrenaline rush. I was immediately hooked. We reach UP TO 5GS OF PRESSURE. It’s not comfortable. We call it “losing our head,” which means our head is forced so far back that we can’t see anything. You feel like you can’t move, even if you want to.

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