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Another Wisconsin Olympic hopeful is peaking at the right time: Prairie du Chien's Matt Antoine, a successful skeleton slider.
This sports requires some explanation.
"Pretty much the first thing people say is, 'What's that?' " Antoine told TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan.
"My typical response is, 'You know what a bobsled is,' and they typically say, 'Yes.' Then I say, 'It's headfirst on your stomach on the same track,' and people say, 'Oh, it's the reverse of luge.' That's basically what it is."
Southwestern Wisconsin is not quite the area you expect an elite-level skeleton racer to come from.
"I first saw skeleton in 2002 (Salt Lake City) when it made its return to the Olympics full time (from 1948). I'd always been into racing and winter sports. The U.S. had huge success in those games, winning gold in both men's and women's. It was a huge story during the Olympics. It got a lot of exposure, and it really caught my attention."
His first World Cup win came in December, and now the awards are stacking up at his mom's house in southwestern Wisconsin.
"I wouldn't mind upgrading to an Olympic (medal). We'll keep working toward that and seeing what happens."