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The U.S. Skeleton Team concluded the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 with two medals from Noelle Pikus-Pace (silver) and Matt Antoine (bronze). Antoine will look to return for his second Olympic Games, leading a competitive field of American athletes in PyeongChang, South Korea. MORE
Matt Antoine
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Hometown: Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Olympic Experience: 2014 (1 bronze)
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Inspired by watching the skeleton competition at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Matt Antoine began sliding in 2003. Five years later, he was competing on the world cup circuit. During his debut season, he led the Intercontinental Cup standings, placed fourth at the junior world championships and finished third at the U.S. national championships. After a breakthrough season in 2013-14, he qualified for his first Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where he claimed the bronze medal in the men's event. Since then, he has continued to earn podium finishes on the world cup tour. Despite a few disappointing starts during the 2015-16 season, the Wisconsin native is back to form after returning to his original strength training program. The 2016-17 season saw him earn medals in each of the first two world cup races and lead Team USA with a seventh-place finish at the 2017 World Championships in Konigssee, Germany. Seeking his second Olympic berth, he will look to return to the Olympic stage hungry for another medal.
About Matt
Something quirky: I talk to myself all the time. I have pretty good conversations alone.

If not an athlete: I would love to renovate houses. I really enjoy doing house projects.

Best advice received: "Don't worry about what others are doing."
John Daly
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Hometown: Smithtown, New York
Olympic Experience: 2010, 2014
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John Daly has been sliding since 2001. Initially introduced to luge, the former track and field athlete quickly switched to skeleton after seeing the sport in person and steadily climbed his way to a spot on the U.S. national team. The two-time Olympian made a dramatic comeback at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, returning after a two-year hiatus following the 2014 Olympics. In Sochi, he was sitting in bronze-medal position entering the fourth and final heat before popping a groove and falling back considerably in the leaderboard. He returned to the sport hungry for redemption in 2017, posting a top finish at the North American Cup in his first major race of the season and went on to earn two podium finishes on the Intercontinental Cup tour. In pursuit of his third Olympic berth, he will be seeking another shot at the podium in 2018.
About John
Hidden talent: I can do a rubik's cube, and I'm pretty good at drawing.

Something quirky: I hate when my hair is messed up... so it never is.

Earliest Olympic memory: I watched Dan Jansen win gold with my mom at the 1994 Games, and she jumped up and shouted 'we won!!' It wasn't "they" or "he" won, it was "we." I looked at his suit and it didn't say his last name, it just said USA. That's when I knew I wanted to be an Olympian. I wanted to be part of the 'we' and represent Team USA, something more than just myself.
Annie O'Shea
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Hometown: Port Jefferson Station, New York
2018 Olympic hopeful
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Annie O'Shea was introduced to sliding in 2004 after competing for several years in track and field. After being "scared to death" during her first skeleton training camp, she soon found a love for the sport and decided to switch from track to skeleton. The change paid off as she placed fifth at the 2007 junior world championships and quickly rose in the international standings. The three-time national champion had a breakthrough campaign during the 2015-16 season that saw her emerge as one of the world's top women's skeleton athletes after winning her first world cup gold medal and finishing the season ranked fourth in the world. She capped her standout season with a fifth-place individual performance at the 2016 World Championships in Igls, Austria. After claiming four top-10 finishes on the 2016-17 world cup circuit, she looks to return to sliding this season with her eyes set on making her first Olympic team in 2018.
About Annie
Something quirky: I have an obsession with Jennifer Lopez (I want to be her). I also love heavy metal music.

Best advice received: To never stop fighting. My mom tells me to get up and get over it. Don't pity yourself, just change it.

Nickname: My dad calls me Scannie. And friends from the track team randomly call me, "Annie Are You Okay."
Katie Uhlaender
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Hometown: Breckenridge, Colorado
Olympic Experience: 2006, 2010, 2014
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Katie Uhlaender returns for the chance to make her fourth U.S. Olympic Team after finishing just shy of the podium in fourth place at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Following the Sochi Games, the three-time Olympian took time away from competition to rehab from injury, making her return to the world cup circuit in 2016 for the first time in nearly three years. She earned a medal at every Intercontinental Cup race in 2015-16, and has won both a world championship and two world cup overall titles in her accomplished sliding career. Over the years, she has also found success across several different sports, branching out to compete at the international level in both weightlifting and track cycling. She will look to apply those experiences to her training as she hones in on the upcoming world cup season and the chance to qualify for the PyeongChang Olympics.
About Katie
Something quirky: I hate feet. They gross me out, even the nice ones.

Best advice received: When I made my first junior world championship team, I didn't think I deserved to go. I was competing against Tristan Gale (a 2002 Olympic champion), and I had only been on a sled for three weeks. He told me of his first at bat in Yankee stadium in front of sixty-thousand fans and Mickey Mantle in the outfield. He couldn't get his legs to stop shaking. He stepped out of the batter's box multiple times until he realized that all the legends who came before him were the same. They all took the same steps into the batter's box, and had one job to do. It didn't matter how long it took him to get there, or how quick it took the legends before him. We all have our own journey there, but once we are there you only have one job. Hit the ball.

Earliest Olympic memory:
I watched maybe two minutes of the luge competition in a commercial in 2002, and had a strange feeling that I would be good at something like that. My first real memory of consciously watching the Olympics was in 2006 when I got there. It was amazing.
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