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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wisconsin - Wisconsin native Matt Antoine is back home after winning the bronze medal in the men's skeleton in the Sochi Winter Olympics
Antoine grew up in Prairie du Chien before chasing his Olympic dreams.
Hundreds of people celebrated Friday during what Wisconsin Governor Walker called Matt Antoine Day in the state.
During a reception hosted by the Praire du Chien Chamber of Commerce, Antoine signed autographs and posed for photos with people who live the the area. Many people said he's now considered their hometown hero.
Antoine said he calls Prairie du Chien his hometown, and it's the place where he says he fell in love with winter sports.
"It's been great. When I was over in Sochi, I could see all the messages and the news stories and the tweets about how excited everybody was and how much it meant to the community," Antoine said.
"I think what folks will see is he continues to have a pretty humble persona. And that's fairly reflective of us here in the midwest," said Gov. Walker.
Saturday, Antoine and his parents will be the Grand Marshals of the St. Patrick's day parade. It starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.