KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (WKBT) - There's a bronze medal heading back to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
2003 PdC grad Matt Antoine finished with a combined time of 3:47.26, good for third place on the world's biggest stage. It's his first Olympic medal.
"It's unbelievable," Antoine said. "It's going to take some time to process it for sure, but it's the greatest moment of my life without a doubt. I've been preparing for this moment, but it's still just unreal right now."
Antoine began the day in fourth, .26 seconds behind his teammate and friend, John Daly. However, Antoine scored a 56.69 on his third heat, the quickest of his four runs, moving .04 seconds ahead of Daly.
On the fourth and final heat, Daly struggled out of the gate, while Antoine scored a 56.73. Daly ended up finishing 15th (3:49.11).
"My heart really goes out to John for the way that ended for him," Antoine said. "We've pushed each other to be where we are for our entire career, and I don't think either one of us would be where we are today, contending for a medal, if we hadn't been supporting one another along the way."
Russian Aleksandr Tretiyakov won gold (3:44.29), while Latvian Martins Dukurs took silver (3:45.10).
"They pushed phenomenally well, they drove phenomenally well, and it really was a race between one of them," Antoine said. "Realistically everyone knew we were racing for bronze, so hats off to them."
Antoine's family watched him from the finish line. You can see a picture of them here.
This is the first Olympic medal for the United States in men's skeleton since 2002.
"We knew coming into this that this was our games, that we were going to put on a good show and medal," Antoine said.