Antoine Claims Bronze in Whistler World Cup
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For Immediate Release
February 5, 2008
Antoine Claims Bronze in Whistler World Cup
WHISTLER, Canada-The men's skeleton World Cup circuit stopped in Whistler, Canada today to compete in the first international race on the 2010 Olympic track. Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) won his first-ever World Cup medal in only his fourth World Cup competition today, tying for bronze on the newly built course. "I am really excited," said Antoine. "Now I know I can compete against these guys, and I'm in the mix. It feels really good, and I want to make the Olympic team so that I can be back here next year."
Antoine moved up to the World Cup circuit for the second half of the tour after winning Intercontinental Cup gold on his home track in Lake Placid, N.Y., and has steadily climbed in international rank. Antoine slid a bronze medal performance today in the 2010 Olympic test event, tying Canadian Jeff Pain with a total time of one minute, 48.19 seconds.
"I was having trouble keeping my nerves together on race day, so it's something I worked on during the first half of the Intercontinental Cup tour," said Antoine. "I learned how to relax while still staying focused."
Antoine pushed start times of 4.76 and 4.80 for runs of 53.83 and 54.36 seconds, respectively, to tie the 2006 Olympic silver medalist on his home track
Canadian Jon Montgomery claimed the gold medal with a total time of 1:47.67 after sliding runs of 53.68 and 53.99. In second was 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Gregor Staehli, who slid runs of 53.69 and 54.37 for a combined time of 1:48.06. Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) slid to the finish with a two-run total of 1:48.47 for a seventh place finish on the Olympic track.
"This course is great," said Lund. "It's a technical and hard track, and there isn't a section that lets you breathe. My runs were smoking this week, but I started to get tighter and tighter as we got closer to the race, and started to overthink things."
Lund pushed start times of 4.80 and 4.84 for runs of 53.92 and 54.55 seconds, and shook his head with disappointment after crossing the finish line.
"I feel lost this year," said Lund. "I thought this week would help me overcome a few things, because I felt great this week. I dropped the ball today, and I know I can overcome this in matter of time."Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) finished 21st after sliding a run of 55.09 seconds. International rules only grant the top 20 sleds a second run.
"This is a tricky track," said Bernotas. "You need to work hard while staying relaxed, and it's a fine balance teetering between the two. I had it for a few days this week, but today didn't go my way. I am really excited for Matt, though, and I think he did an awesome job."
World Cup coverage from Whistler will be offered on-demand on UniversalSports.com. Universal Sports TV will offer 5 one-hour shows from Feb. 10- 12, 2009, and men's skeleton will be broadcast on the 10th from 8- 9 PM ET.
Complete results can be found by visiting the web site for the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing at www.fibt.com. For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Results:
1. Jon Montgomery (CAN) 1:47.67 (53.68, 53.99); 2. Gregor Staehli (SUI) 1:48.06 (53.69, 54.37); 3. Jeff Pain (CAN) 1:48.19 (53.67, 54.52); 3. Matt Antoine (USA) 1:48.19 (53.83, 54.36);...7. Zach Lund (USA) 1:48.47 (53.92, 54.55);...21. Eric Bernotas (USA) (55.09, DNS);
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