An area mom has returned from watching her son become
an Olympic medalist at Sochi.
Prairie du Chien native Matt Antoine took the bronze
in skeleton this past weekend, as several of his family
members looked on.
News 8's Leah Linscheid joins us in the studio with
Mom's reaction as she returns to the states.
Today is Mary's first full day back in Wisconsin,
so she's spending most of it unpacking, and re-living
the most memorable moments at Sochi.
While there, she witnessed her son take the bronze
in Olympic skeleton, at his first time competing on
that world-wide stage.
When we first spoke with Mary before she left for
Sochi a few weeks ago, she talked about the excitement
of becoming the mother of an Olympic athlete.
Now, back in Prairie, she looks back at the moment
it all happened.
and says it was hard to believe.
For the first two heats, in some ways I've been to
a lot of Matt's competitions and world cups and world
championships, and it sort of seemed the same, because
I was watching him slide against the same people he
has slid against for several years.
2750 …but then on the second day… as I set there,
it finally felt like it was the Olympics, not just
Mary also talked about the heart-breaking run by Antoine's
team-mate, John Daly.
Mary was sitting by Daly's mom in the stands, when
his poor final run bumped him from competing for 3-rd
I couldn't talk to her, I couldn't even look at her.
Your son is up there, ready to start, and you're cheering
and you're yelling and you're screaming and everything
like that, come on go, or whatever, and they pop the
everything just falls out of you, literally.
What do you say, what do you do.
So I knew how she was feeling,
John Daly ultimately took 15-th place.
Mary called her visit to Sochi, the experience of
And in true Wisconsin spirit, she says she and her
family wore cheese-heads for all of Matt's competitions.
Matt Antoine says he'll stay in Sochi for the Closing
The Olympics wrap up this weekend.