After two events that featured problems with electric-powered Olympia ice resurfacing machines, the Vancouver Organizing Committee gave in --- they will bring in a propane-powered Zamboni tomorrow for use at the Richmond Ice Oval. (It will be transported in from Calgary).
After two events that featured problems with electric-powered Olympia ice resurfacing machines, the Vancouver Organizing Committee gave in — they will bring in a propane-powered Zamboni tomorrow for use at the Richmond Ice Oval. (It will be transported in from Calgary).
Using the electric-powered machines was part of VANOC’s efforts to make these the “Green Olympics.”
And the venue director at the ROO, Magnus Enfeldt, insisted Monday night there had been few previous issues with the Olympia machines.
But Sunday’s women’s 3,000 and today’s men’s 500 each featured problems with the two large ice resurfacing machines, today causing a roughly 70-minute delay in the competition following the first half of the first flight that some coaches thought made the event unfair.
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Some felt it should have been postponed, with American coach Derek Parra saying officials made a quick decision to go on so the race could get done by 8 p.m. and clear the way for a later TV broadcast of the pairs figure skating.
“They had to get it on (TV) or they were going to cancel the event,” Parra said.
Enfeldt said later international skating officials declared the ice good to go and that was the reason the decision was made to go on.
The American skaters I spoke with said the ice wasn’t a factor in why none of them came close to winning — the highest US finisher was Tucker Fredricks at 12th and he said he just had a bad day.