Local athlete heads to Olympic games

Local athlete heads to Olympic games


The olympic team will once again see some representation from Wisconsin. as one Praire du Chien former resident tries to make the podium once again. After winning bronze at the Sochi so-chee winter olympics in 2014. Matt Antoine will be competing with the men’s skeleton team. News Eight’s Mal Meyer talked to Matt’s mom. who still lives in the area. about what it means to see her son back on the world stage. Matt Antoine fell into the sport almost by chance- mostly intruiged by his need for speed. Now ranked number 7 in the entire world, his mom remembers his humble beginnings. In 2002, the Antoine family was tuned in to the olympics and saw american Jimmy Shea slide into first place. Inspired after seeing the sport, Matt Antoine told his mom he wanted to head to Lake Placid, New York. I said, ‘well ok, why?’ Because they were having try outs to see if you have enough physical ability to get into skeleton camp. Matt was turned away from the training camp, but never stopped trying. He graduated from Praire du Chien High School in 2003 and left to train in New York. I said we’ll fund you but you have to go to college and get a college degree. He has been a rising star ever since winning multiple medals for North American and European cups. The very first year that they had done this middle tier of sliding. And he ended up becoming the international cup champion. The olympic committee doesn’t provide funding as athletes move up the ranks. Mary says she’s bought a few of his sleds, each worth about $8,000. Was it worth it? Oh, every second of it. Mary has seen her son win countless medals in the U.S., Canada and all over Europe. She was able to travel with other family members to Sochi to see Matt win the bronze medal. Matt going to the olympics not only once but twice is an unbelievable accomplishment and an honor. While she’ll see him compete in person, she knows there will be many others cheering him on in spirit. Matt’s friends have all been tremendously supportive of him. Not only this year, but in all the years that he has been sliding. The community has always been behind him. In Prairie du Chien, I’m Mal Meyer for News 8. Mary says that Matt sole focus has been on this year’s olympic games. He hasn’t indicated yet if he thinks this might be his last time representing team USA. Mal when will Matt be competing? The men’s skeleton heat one and two will start on Wednesday February 14th at 7 P-M. The third and fourth final heats will take place on Thursday, February 15h at P-M local time.

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