Waukesha County man going to Olympics… for the ice

Waukesha County man going to Olympics… for the ice


PAUL GOLOMSKI KNOWS HIS WAY AROUND THE OVAL. FINDING THE RIGHT FORMULA BELOW IT.>>THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ICE RINK REFRIGERATION PLANTS IN THE COUNTRY. PATRICK: THERE’S A SCIENCE TO MAKING ICE FOR SPEED SKATING.>>EVERYTHING HAS TO BE RIGHT. AIR CONDITIONS, ICE CONDITIONS, WATER QUALITY, ICE THICKNESS, HUMIDITY, THE BAROMETRIC PRESSURE OUTSIDE PLAYS A BIG FACTOR IN IT. PATRICK: IT IS HIS SPECIALITY AT THE PETTIT NATIONAL ICE CENTER. HE STARTED WORKING HERE IN HIGH SCHOOL. PART TIME TURNED TO FULL TIME. THEN HE BECAME THE FACILITY , DIRECTOR, AND NOW –>>I’M PRETTY ECSTATIC ABOUT IT. PATRICK: HE’S GOING OVERSEAS –>>IT’S A THRILLING HONOR. PATRICK: — TO WORK THE OLYMPICS.>>I KIND OF HAVE TO PINCH MYSELF SOMETIMES AND THINK THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN TWO WEEKS. PATRICK: IT’LL BE HIS FIRST TIME WORKING THE OLYMPIC GAMES. THE INVITATION CAME MONTHS AGO THE LONG TRACK VENUE.>>PRIOR TO THE OLYMPICS, THERE WEREN’T A WHOLE OF RINKS IN KOREA, SO THEY HAD TO RECRUIT EXPERTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. PATRICK: HE’S ALREADY GONE TO SOUTH KOREA TO SEE THE FACILITY AND TRAIN ON THE MACHINES. WHEN HE GOES BACK FOR THE GAMES, PART OF HIS DUTIES, INCLUDE MAINTAINING THE ICE AND DRIVING A ZAMBONI. ARE YOU NERVOUS? THERE’S A LOT OF PRESSURE. THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF EYES ON THAT ICE.>>YEAH, I MEAN, IT’S HARD NOT TO BE A LITTLE NERVOUS. I TRY TO MAKE IT MORE EXCITEMENT THAN NERVOUSNESS, BUT THERE’S A LOT OF PRESSURE TO PERFORM THERE, NOT ONLY THE SKATERS, BUT THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF THE FACILITIES. PATRICK: IT IS A BIG STAGE. IN ALL, HE’LL BE THERE FOR 33 DAYS. HE ARRIVES BEFORE THE GAMES START. ONCE THEY END, HE’LL STAY TO HELP REMOVE THE ICE. HE SAYS HE’LL BE WORKING WITH ABOUT A HALF-DOZEN ICE MAKERS AT THE LONG TRACK, BUT HE’S THE

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