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Olympic Bronze Medalist Matt Antoine Retires After Stellar Skeleton Career

By Ryan Williamson | Oct. 26, 2018, 5:05 p.m. (ET)

Matthew Antoine poses for a photo on the podium at the Winter Olympics Games Sochi 2014 on Feb. 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.


After yet another win, two-time Olympic skeleton racer Matt Antoine is calling it a career.

The Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, native announced his retirement Friday after winning the national team selection races in Lake Placid, New York. Antoine will now join the team’s coaching staff.

“Even though I know competing isn’t right for me anymore, I still feel like I have a lot to give to the sport,” Antoine said in a press release. “I want to be involved, even if it’s in a different capacity. I would not have had the career that I have without so many great people within the organization. Coaches, staff, medical personnel; the list goes on. Hopefully I can be one of those people to a future athlete.”

Best known for winning an Olympic bronze medal in 2014, Antoine had been the top-ranked American men’s slider for the past five years. He also competed at the Olympic Winter Games 2018 PyeongChang, where he finished 11th. 

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Aside from Olympic success, Antoine qualified for the world championships seven times. His lone gold medal was in the team event in 2012 in Lake Placid. The 33-year-old also took home nine world cup medals during his career. No other U.S. man has reached the world cup podium in the past eight years.

Antoine’s last day on the mountain was a memorable one. After the first heat, he found himself in fifth place in the team trial competition. However, his time of 54.17 seconds in the second heat put him ahead by 0.09 seconds. He took one last run in front of fellow athletes, coaches and staff. Antoine finished with a total time of 1:48.69 to become the top American slider in trials.

For about a decade, Antoine served as a leader for the U.S. men’s skeleton team. He began his skeleton career in 2003 after watching the sport at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Antoine’s departure means there are no active sliders on the men’s team with any Olympic experience.

Ryan Williamson is a sportswriter from Minneapolis-St. Paul. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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