Follow a disasterous resurfacing yesterday, the Vancouver Olympic Committee has launched an emergency airlift of a Zamboni machine to the Winter Olympics.
While often thought of as synonymous with ice resurfacing, Zamboni is actually a trademark of a specific machine. The Olympic committee, in an effort to ‘go green’ decided not to use the tried and tested Zamboni but an electronic Olympia machine.
The first one belched up a bunch of snow on the long track speed skating oval.
Then the backup did the same thing.
Then the emergency backup shredded the ice to the point some teams wanted a postponment of the race.
That was it. Back to the standby and an airlift mission was tasked to fly a true Zamboni out to Vancouver so that the ice resurfacing can go ahead without fail.
Sometimes going green is not ready for primetime.