Saturday, February 15, 2014

Matt Antoine - Skeleton




Matt Antoine, of Prairie du Chien, could leave Sochi with an Olympic medal in men's skeleton.

I am Matt Antoine and I am a Skeleton Athlete for the United States. Growing up in Wisconsin, I have affectionately become known by my nickname in the sport... Cheese.

From THonline:

John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) are in third and fourth places, respectively, after the first two heats of the men's skeleton Olympic competition at the Sanki Sliding Center.

...Antoine held a slim lead of 0.02 seconds over Daly in the first heat after covering the course in 56.89 seconds. Alexander Tretiakov, appropriately nicknamed the "Russian Rocket," smashed the start record with a push time of 4.47 seconds and claimed the first run lead by 0.23 seconds over World Cup winner Martins Dukurs with a record-breaking finish of 55.95 seconds. Dukurs, however, was a distant 0.71 seconds ahead of Antoine, putting Dukurs and Tretiakov comfortably in medal contention after just one run.

...Daly laid down a blistering second heat time of 56.67 seconds to swap spots with Antoine heading into the medal deciding runs tomorrow. Antoine fell back 0.26 seconds to his teammate after clocking a second run of 56.95.

"Nothing is a foregone conclusion in this sport, anything can happen, but Tretiakov and Dukurs seem to have those first two medals locked in and the rest of the field is definitely fighting for bronze," Antoine said. "I think it's good to get the first day out of the way, it helps you relax. I'm a little more accustomed to the atmosphere and know what to expect heading into the next day."

Tretiakov extended his lead over Dukurs to 0.56 seconds with a two-run total of 1:51.99. Dukurs is more than one second ahead of Daly, making tomorrow's contest for bronze between Daly and Antoine, who are best friends.
Best of luck to both Americans!

Read: PdC's Antoine didn't let anything get in the way of his Olympic dream

Wisconsin is proud of you, Matt!