Antoine's final push before Olympic competition

Antoine's final push before Olympic...

Matt Antoine called his recently completed World Cup season "frustrating".

He finished as the top American but was 8th in the international standings, compared to finishing in third place heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics.

But now he has three-plus weeks to tweak, fine-tune, and focus for his four biggest runs since Sochi.

"There's only one race this year that matters and that's the Olympic race. So anything that happened in World Cup you can kind of forget pretty easily if you can perform well at the games. My results this season haven't been exactly what I wanted but it hasn't been for because of a lack of effort or ability. I'm pushing faster now than I've had any other season including the last Olympics and I think I'm sliding better than I was the last Olympics as well. The competition this year is certainly much deeper than it was four years ago."

The Prairie du Chien native at the start of this year changed equipment, hoping that could help improve performance.

"If there's something more to find there with different equipment that's something I want to try out and take a chance on."

The United States Skeleton Team heads to Calgary this week for pre-Olympic training camp and will leave for South Korea at month's end.

It will be the third time Antoine visits the track that's being used for these Olympic games.

"I think it's going to be a good competition because I think it's going to be a track that is very difficult for people to have four consistent runs. There are a lot of oddities to the track that we haven't seen at other tracks that are taking time to figure out and understand and be able to execute well. Having a strong push is going to be key there."

And it's that strong push and fast start that will be an emphasis for Antoine in these final weeks of training.

"I know I've put in the work, I know the ability is there, and I know that I can perform well."

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