Canadian ice-makers looking after Olympic curling venue

Manitoba ice-makers Eric Montford and Hans Wuthrich are in charge of the Olympic curling venue in...

Manitoba ice-makers Eric Montford and Hans Wuthrich are in charge of the Olympic curling venue in Sochi. (Al Charest, QMI Agency)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

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They are in the curling venue for 15 hours a day, every day for a month, looking after their precious child with the utmost care and know-how.

They watch every game, examine every shot, agonize over every miss, especially if it looks like it might have had even the slightest thing to do with their work.

Meet the ice-makers at the Ice Cube Curling Center, home of the curling competition for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Hans Wuthrich, a landscaping business owner from Gimli, Man., is the head ice-maker, a world-renowned expert in producing the best possible playing surface for top curlers. His partner is Eric Montford of Winnipeg, a refrigeration and air conditioning business owner who has worked as ice-maker at many big international events.

“You could do a lot more, but it would kill you,” Montford said. “We work too many hours in a day and you get exhausted. I don’t think you’d want to do this for a living.”


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