Fast race, slow machines: Correction - Macleans.ca

Fast race, slow machines: Correction

For the second straight day, a problem with the ice resurfacing machine has delayed competition

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[Correction: The Olympia machines, which seem to be working fine today, are built by Resurfice Corp. of Elmira, Ont. Their standard machine are built on a GM truck platform. These are electric ones.]

The men’s 500m is usually the drag race of speed skating.

Tonight, however it’s been more like watching paint dry.

For the second straight day, a problem with the ice resurfacing machine has delayed competition. Yesterday, one of the Olympia’s (made by worldwide Olympic sponsor GM) broke down during the women’s 5000m. That resulted in a 15 minute delay.

But this evening’s meltdown (literally) delayed proceedings for more than an hour, just before Canadians Kyle Parrot and Jeremy Wotherspoon were to begin their first of two races, with millions watching in North American prime time.

You can’t buy advertising like that.