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Antoine takes silver in men’s skeleton

December 16, 2016
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Matt Antoine of the United States didn't slide to a win on his home track in Lake Placid on Friday, but the veteran skeleton racer still had a pretty good day.

In frigid conditions during the first of three races held on Friday, Antoine claimed the silver medal in the two-heat BMW IBSF World Cup men's skeleton race.

The medal was Antoine's second in as many World Cup competitions held so far this season.

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Matt Antoine of the United States slides through curve 14 at Mount Van Hoevenberg in the second heat of Friday’s men’s World Cup skeleton race in Lake Placid.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

Russia's Alexander Tretiakov grabbed the gold with a 1:46.49 total, Antoine placed second in 1:46.49, and Korea's Sungbin Yun rounded out the podium with a 1:46.94 total.

"It was a decent day," Antoine said. "Given the conditions today - minus 17 Fahrenheit when we showed up - the ice was a little hard. It can certainly be a little tough to control when it gets like this is like this, so on the whole, I'm pleased with my runs. It wasn't going to be perfect today.

"I have trained in temperatures this cold, but I don't think I've every raced when it's like this," Antoine added. "It's a tough field, especially at the top, so to walk away with a silver medal is a pretty good accomplishment.

Friday marked the second time in as many races that Antoine made a climb in the standings on the way to the podium. His surge in Whistler, however, was considerably bigger, when he stood eighth following the opening run and jumped into third to claim the bronze.

This time around, Antoine stood in third place following a finish time of 53.45 seconds on the opening run, and then benefited when Yun, the leader after one run, could only muster the fourth-fastest time in the second heat and ultimately finished third.

"This is the best start to a season think I've ever had in terms of points and results," Antoine said. "Obviously, we've been on two tracks here in North America, and after the break, we'll be over in Europe. The plan is to keep it going. I'm definitely comfortable and confident with how I'm sliding now and I'll try to keep that going the second half of the season. Lake Placid is definitely one of my stronger tracks, but there are a handful of European tracks that I'm really comfortable and confident on, so I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. I love to go fast, I really love racing."

Two more Americans landed in the top 20 in the 27-sled men's field, with Nathan Crumpton placing 11th in 1:48.14 and Kyle Tress finishing 19th in 1:49.31.

The women will take on the track today in their two-run World Cup competition.



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