Julia Clukey trains for the track

Updated: December 9, 2013, 2:12 PM ET
By Dimity McDowell | Special to espnW

Julia Clukey describes luge as "sledding on a giant, frozen waterslide that is a mile long." With one major exception: "I have a lot more control with my sled than a typical plastic one."

Clukey, who is 28, also has a lot of control over her sled even when she's not flying down a giant, frozen waterslide.

"I spent a lot of time after the Vancouver Games testing my sled, making small changes so it would run and feel the way I wanted it to," said Clukey, ...

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