ND man makes, maintains ice for 2018 Olympic curling

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PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - When you watch the Olympics, you're watching athletes who are at the very top of their sport.

Photo Courtesy: Rich Harmer, USA Curling

But have you ever thought about how much work it takes to make each sport look the way it does on TV?

North Dakota native Shawn Olesen went to PyeongChang, South Korea, to make ice for Olympic curlers.

He says it takes a bigger crew to make Olympic ice than usual.

"It's pretty much a trip of a lifetime," said Olesen.

And, it's a trip Shawn Olesen will never forget.

"Every once in a while you kind of get over taken, I guess by the moment, and realize where you're at and what you're doing. It's a heck of a thing to be part of, that's for sure," said Olesen.

Ever since Olesen got to the Olympics he's been involved with making the ice perfect for the athletes.

"These guys at this level, they understand what goes into it and they darn sure appreciate the work that's done so they have a good consistent surface to play on," said Olesen.

It's a more in depth process than usual, and he shares every moment on Facebook for people here in North Dakota to stay updated.

"It's just great to know that Shawn has fulfilled his Olympic dream to work hard at it and get over there and be a part of that program," says John Kram, ice maker for the Capital Curling Club.

Kram says making that quality ice for those athletes is a high level of intensity, but Olesen is a good man for the job.

Olesen says he helps maintain the ice before every game.

The next game is set for Wednesday.