The Iceman cometh home: Fargo man returns home after making ice for Olympic curling competition
A Fargo man is back on American soil after making the ice for curling at the Olympics in South Korea.
He's back just in time to do his magic on the ice for the National Curling Championships at Scheels Arena.
And the process is a whole lot more complicated than pouring water in a box.
For 15 years - Shawn Olesen spent his winters perfecting a precise science.
"Everybody there knows what to do and when to do it," Shawn Olesen said.
Olesen just spent about a month in Pyeongchang humbly paving the way for America to claim its first gold medal in curling.
"Try not to get too wound up about it, but it was a big deal." "At the end of the day, it is just another event," Olesen added.
While he was an entire ocean away, the people there reminded him of the Midwest.
"The culture and the people there are just fantastic. It's like being home here."
As for other highlights, “Uh... Korean BBQ."
Olesen works alongside Dave Staveteig, a farmer from Thompson, North Dakota who's made curling his hobby to get him through the winter.
"I used to play a lot of hockey, and then I got too old," Staveteig said.
While Staveteig didn't get to go to the Olympics, he taught Olesen just about everything he knows.
This massive filtration system - hauled in via semi - strips away chemicals from the water they use.
"Any water that goes out there after we get here is perfectly clean water," Olesen said.
They're carefully painting and leveling the ice for this weekend's curling nationals at the Scheels Arena in Fargo.
It's a process that takes a team of around seven people at least five days.
He says a half degree temperature difference can mess it all up.
If the audience gives off too much body heat, they need to change the temperature in the arena.
"Sometimes it can be a real challenge to keep it that way. There's a lot of air currents in the building, there's a lot of things like that and anything going across the ice," said Staveteig.
While they don't make a ton of money for this near perfection, it all pays off.
"John Shuster got the gold medal, right? I've made ice for John Shuster since he was a junior," Staveteig added.
Not only is it a fun hobby, they get to help fellow curlers bring home the gold.
The curling starts Saturday at Scheels Arena and runs until March 10th.
Anyone interested in trying curling can find more information through this link to the F-M Curling Club website.