Maintenance to blame for ice resurfacer issues
By QMI Agency
The company that made the Olympia ice-resurfacing machine that broke down at the Richmond Olympic Oval during the first few days of the Winter Games says maintenance, not the design of the machine, was the problem.
"We take personal pride in every machine we produce. Contrary to what some reports have suggested, these machines are not prototypes. They have been in service at the oval for almost two years, and this problem has never occurred before," Don Schlupp, director of sales and marketing at Resurfice Corp. in Elmira, Ont., said in a release.
"This was a maintenance issue, not a design issue."
Schlupp said it was an electrical malfunction that caused the machine to leak all over the speed skating track, causing delays in competitions on Sunday and Monday. He noted the machine was fixed and worked on Tuesday for the women's 500 m event.
"The timing of the malfunctions at the oval was unfortunate, and athlete safety is our primary concern ... but the problem was minor and we've got it fixed," Schlupp said.
Meanwhile, Frank J. Zamboni and Co. have spoken out, expressing "our deep concern" after the broken machine was referred to as a Zamboni numerous times during broadcasts and in newspaper and online reports.
Zamboni is a brand name. The company is based in California but they also make machines in Brantford, Ont.
In a release on the company's website, Richard Zamboni said he wanted people to know it wasn't one of their machines.
"It has been widely reported that during the women's 3,000 m and the men's 5,000 m speed skating events, the ice resurfacers had some difficulties.
Unfortunately, it was also widely reported that these machines were Zamboni machines, which in fact, they were not," he wrote.
He added the company would have "no public comments regarding this controversy out of respect for the Games in Vancouver and especially for the athletes participating in them."