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
Hamburg will not continue its bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, withdrawing from the race after a public referendum was held.
If over 50% of the voters in Hamburg had voted in support of the Olympic bid they would have stayed in race. However, the New York Times reported that of the 650,000 votes that were cast, 51.7% were against the bid.
Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, said, “This is a decision that we did not have liked but it is clear.”
A public referendum also ended Munich’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Germany has not hosted a Games since 1972.
The cities that remain in contention to host the 2024 Olympics are Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris and Rome. None of these plan to hold public referendums.
The 2024 host city will be selected on September 13th, 2017 at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Lima, Peru.
Mikaela Shiffrin will look for another win on the final day of the Aspen World Cup. After yesterday’s historic slalom victory, Shiffrin will race slalom again at 3:00 P.M. ET, airing live on NBC and streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra.
Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova and Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, who took second and third behind Shiffrin yesterday, will also be racing again.
The World Cup organizers typically do not schedule slalom races on consecutive days, but a canceled event earlier in the season caused the extra slalom to be added to the Aspen event.