Ice Rink Expert Interviewed by NBC at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

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.