Winter Games Athletes
Clukey will be trying to improve on her 17th-place finish from Vancouver in 2010, and is hoping her treatment to address Arnold-Chiari Syndrome will have her in prime condition for Sochi. She entered the 2013 season ranked sixth on the World Cup tour, the top American woman after supplanting Erin Hamlin for the honor. To deal with the issues that come from Arnold-Chiari, a malformation of the brain that causes dizziness, fatigue and nausea, Clukey had eight millimeters of bone shaved from the base of her skull in 2011. She had her first World Cup podium finish in February 2013 at Lake Placid, finishing second in the individual and team relay, and won her second consecutive USA Start Championship in September and sixth overall to kick off the 2013-14 season. During the 2012-13 World Cup season, she also placed 10th in Sochi, which was one of her eight individual top-10 finishes in the campaign. She had three sixth-place finishes individually (Oberhof, Koengissee, Innsbruck-Igls) and twice placed in the top 5 in the team relay (Oberhof and Koengissee).