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Matt Antoine gets breakthrough skeleton World Cup win

Matt Antoine

FILe - In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, Matt Antoine competes in the United States men’s skeleton team trials in Park City, Utah. The first time Antoine tried skeleton, U.S. coaches sent him home, saying he didn’t have the talent to compete. Good thing he ignored them. A decade or so later, he might be the top medal hope for the American men at the Sochi Games. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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Add Matt Antoine to the extensive list of U.S. Olympic medal contenders in sliding sports.

Antoine, 28, bagged his first career World Cup skeleton victory in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Friday. He posted a two-run time of 1 minute, 47.58 seconds, a healthy .63 of a second ahead of Russian Aleksander Tretiakov.

“I’m a little beside myself right now,” Antoine said in the awards area. “This is a great moment for me.”

Latvian Tomass Dukurs was third, .03 ahead of another American, John Daly.

“I was a bit surprised that so crappy runs get on the podium,” Dukurs said.

The tall, lanky Antoine became the first American man to win a World Cup race since Eric Bernotas in January 2010. He worked up to the victory this season with seventh- and third-place finishes in the first two World Cups before Friday.

U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton went three for three in Lake Placid on Friday. Antoine’s win followed victories by Steve Holcomb in two-man bobsled and Noelle Pikus-Pace in women’s skeleton.

The men’s skeleton World Cup continues in Winterberg, Germany, in January.

Lake Placid Men’s Skeleton
1. Matthew Antoine (USA) 1:47.58
2. Aleksander Tretiakov (RUS) 1:48.21
3. Tomass Dukurs (LAT) 1:48.34
4. John Daly (USA) 1:48.37
7. Kyle Tress (USA) 1:48.57

Pikus-Pace stays hot in Lake Placid

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