Andrew Todisco, inventory superintendent at Pasadena Ice Skating Center, operates the Olympia ice resurfacing machine (like the Zamboni, but a different brand) on Fridays.
Question: Do you need any special training to run the Olympia?
Answer: You just have to be able to drive. It's like any other motor vehicle. And I have a perfect driving record--no tickets, no accidents.
Q: What car can you compare it to?
A: The Olympia is built on a Chevy light-truck frame. It runs on propane, a cleaner fuel. There's only one seat, so no passengers. No radio, no luxury stuff. Just a cheap vinyl seat, all beat up.
Q: How does it work?
A: There's a 7-foot-long blade underneath, and it shaves off the top layer of ice from the rink, laying down water in its place to make a new top layer.
Q: Does the Olympia go very fast?
A: No, not really, probably not more than 20 miles per hour.
Q: Have you ever gone into a skid?
A: It's four-wheel drive, but sure, you can make it slide around.
Q: Can you do doughnuts on the ice?
A: Absolutely, that's the fun part.