Antoine captures U.S. National Championship, awaits Prairie du Chien homecoming

Matt Antoine Homecoming

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Prairie du Chien native Matt Antoine put in a dominant performance to capture the 2014 U.S. National Skeleton Championship.

Antoine's four-runs came in at a time of 3:33.68. His quickest run was his final time down the course clocking in at 53.39 which is a Lake Placid record.

Mike Rogals came in second with a time of 3:37.06.

"Everyday on the track it's a competition with myself," Antoine said. "It's always about pushing myself out of my comfort zone to see where I can improve.  I asked that of my coaches this year and truly believe it's what helped me make such big steps over the season.  Nationals was really a way to see how all of that work translated back to a track I know well."

The 2013-2014 skeleton season comes to a close. Antoine walks away with the U.S. National title, three World Cup medals, and the 2014 Olympic bronze medal.

With the season over, Antoine will now return home to Prairie du Chien. The Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce will host a Homecoming Celebration on Friday, March 14 at the Dousman House on St. Feriole Island. The event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"I'm looking forward to some down time," Antoine said. "It will be fun to head home and I know my hometown has a big reception set up that I'm very much looking forward to."

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