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With Fastest Time Of The Second Heat, Matt Antoine Opens Skeleton Season With A Bronze

By Craig Bohnert | Dec. 03, 2016, 4:34 p.m. (ET)

Matt Antoine completes his second run at the IBSF World Cup on Dec. 3, 2016 in Whistler, B.C.

Matt Antoine won the bronze medal in the men’s skeleton world cup opener Saturday in Whistler, British Columbia.

The reigning Olympic bronze medalist posted the fastest time of the second run, 52.99 seconds, to go from eighth to third. His total time of 1:46.22 was 0.36 seconds behind Korea’s Sungbin Yun, who took gold. Alexander Tretiakov of Russia claimed silver in 1:45.98.

"I'm pretty psyched," Antoine told USA Bobsled & Skeleton. "I love this track. It's fast, difficult, and every run here is a challenge. You have to work for every inch, and this is what I love about this sport."

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The bronze is Antoine’s first podium since he won bronze in Koenigssee, Germany, in January 2015. It is his 10th career world cup podium, nine of which are bronzes. The medal also marks his second podium finish on the 2010 Olympic track, along with the bronze he won during the test event in 2009.

Nathan Crumpton placed 14th, posting a total time of 1:47.45, while 2014 Olympian Kyle Tress was 20th in 1:49.39.

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