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Matt Antoine is competing in the Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver in the skeleton.

Antoine made his first World Cup appearance in January 2009 and just one month later won his first medal, a bronze, on the Olympic track at Whistler. He tied for third in that race with Olympic silver medalist Jeff Pain of Canada. Antoine says the track suits him well: "It's just a very technical and quick track and that's really what I enjoy most... I was able to pick it up pretty quickly throughout the two weeks there of training and put down a really great result on race day." In his first world championship appearance, held at Lake Placid, New York, in 2009, Antoine finished ninth. While he wasn't completely satisfied with that result, Antoine says he learned valuable lessons competing in the multi-day event.

Antoine first saw skeleton while watching the Salt Lake Games on television and thought to himself, "That's definitely something I have to try." So he contacted the U.S. federation and inquired about the tryout process. Antoine was accepted and in the summer of 2003, after graduating high school, took a road trip to Lake Placid with his mom and brother. He was accepted into the driver program and gradually worked his way up through the development program. His "self-funded journey" culminated in his World Cup debut last January. Antoine says his mother, Mary, has been his biggest supporter: "Hopefully I can repay her one of these days."

Antoine says he loves going fast, whatever it is, so skeleton was a natural fit. He grew up watching Formula One racing with his dad. As for his own driving? "The fastest I've ever gone was probably about a hundred and thirty-five miles an hour," Antoine says. "But it was in Germany, so it was technically legal." He also enjoys the technical side of skeleton: "I've always been intuitive when it comes to technical stuff," he explains. "I thought I was going to be engineer. I liked taking things apart and putting everything back together."

Antoine grew up as the youngest of three children in Prairie du Chien, a town of about 6,000 people in western Wisconsin where his mom is the librarian.. His skeleton achievements get frequent coverage in his local paper, the Courier Press. An avid supporter of Wisconsin sports teams, Antoine's favorites are the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.

When he began training in Lake Placid, Antoine enrolled at the University of Vermont. But he quickly tired of the long drives between the two states, and after one semester transferred to Plattsburgh (NY) State. When he found he was missing too much school because of traveling for skeleton, he made another switch: to online courses through California University in Pennsylvania. In May 2009 he graduated with a B.S. degree in fitness and wellness.



Throughout high school, Antoine was active in golf, as well as track and field, where he ran the 100, 200 and 4x200 relay. He also ran for one season at Plattsburgh. When he's not watching sports or staying active outdoors, Antoine loves to play poker with his teammates and coaches.


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Age: 29 years old
Birthday: April 2, 1985
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthplace: Prairie du Chien, WI
Current Residence: Prairie du Chien, WI


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