Ice rink & athletic facilities expert Barbara Bogner was interviewed by NBC Nightly News at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, where she served as a Deputy Ice Technician for Figure and Short Track Skating. In this position she was one of eight Americans driving the Zamboni, and notably the only woman.

Driving a Zamboni requires intense focus, precision, steadiness, and patience. The temperature and consistency of the ice must be adjusted for different sports. For example, figure skating requires warmer, softer ice, but for short track skating it needs to be cold and hard. As a Certified Ice Rink Manager, Certified Rink Administrator, Certified Ice Technician, and Safe Ice Resurface Operator, Barb has the skills and training to ensure that the ice is safe and appropriate for the activity at hand. Her selection to take part in the rink management on the world’s largest stage is both an enormous honor and a testament to her expertise. Her responsibilities there included the on-site management and operations in ice making and ice resurfacing for the main Gangneung Figure Skating/Short Track venue and Yeongdong short track training facility.


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Barbara A. Bogner, CIRM, CPO, LGIT

Ice Rink & Athletic Facilities Expert

Barbara Bogner is an expert in the operations of athletic fields and facilities with specific expertise in ice rinks and swimming pools. She applies her expertise to forensic casework involving the maintenance, inspection, staffing, and day to day operations of the facilities, associated equipment, their grounds, and surrounding infrastructure. Barbara has more than 20 years of experience managing athletic fields, facilities, and the surrounding infrastructure with the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 2002 she has overseen operations of the aquatics and ice rink facilities; in this role she is responsible for facilities maintenance, equipment, capital improvements, staffing, and programming. Barbara earned Master’s Degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Urban Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver. Her undergraduate degree is in Outdoor Recreation Management from Colorado State University.

SOURCE NBC Nightly News: Colorado woman is living her OIympic dream as a Zamboni driver