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Vancouver brings in the Zamboni!

Vancouver organizers are bringing in a new ice resurfacing machine to try to fix the problems that have dogged the long track speedskating events at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

And that machine will be a Zamboni.

The machine at Richmond that twice malfunctioned was an Olympia, manufactured in Canada by Resurfice, an Ottawa business. So Mark Messer, who is in charge of the ice at Richmond, said he wanted his usual machine, which is located in Calgary. According to a VANOC spokesman, the machine will arrive tonight and be put in service tomorrow.

There was a 10-minute delay Sunday during the women's 3,000 meters. Monday night, during the men's 500, there was a 69-minute delay after one machine broke down. Another backup was found but it was much smaller and required more time to get the ice in shape.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 16, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
Categories:  Speedskating , Vancouver 2010  
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