Who is Matt Antoine?
Born April 2, 1985 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He watched skeleton on television for the first time during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and was inspired seeing Jimmy Shea win gold for the United States. During Antoine’s first winter training camp, however, he was sent home for not being good enough. He returned the next winter, and showed enough improvement to make the development team.
Prior to skeleton, Antoine was a competitive snowboarder.
Antoine just missed out on the U.S. Olympic team in 2010. He finished the 2008-09 World Cup as the top-ranked U.S. man, but the next season, three U.S. men passed him in the Olympic rankings.
Four years later, Antoine earned the bronze medal in Sochi.
2014 Winter Olympics. Antoine traded the third and fourth spots on the leaderboard twice with U.S. teammate John Daly. But on Daly’s fourth and final run, he lost control of his sled dropped well out of medal contention to finish 15th.
Antoine held on to claim the bronze medal. It was the first Olympic skeleton medal for a U.S. man since 2002.
Anyone who knows Antoine knows that he is from Wisconsin. Teammates even call him “Cheese.” In 2014, he challenged Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” and Rodgers accepted.
"It's the greatest moment of my life, without a doubt," Antoine said to reporters after claiming the bronze medal in Sochi.
2014: Bronze medal
Off the ice
Antoine adopted a Golden Retriever, Dixie from a shelter. He calls her his best friend. He evens run an Instagram account for Dixie.
He enjoys fishing and playing golf in the summer. He was also passionate about snowboarding before discovering skeleton.
His favorite late-night snack is a bowl of cereal.