Omaha Zamboni driver headed for Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang

Published: Jan. 15, 2018 at 4:22 PM CST
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The winter Olympics starts in just 25 days and for one local man it's the chance of a life time.

Evan Schinasi is the general manager at Grover Ice Skating Rink near 62nd and Grover. It could be considered one of the area's hidden gems.

“We have youth hockey, we have adult hockey, we have adult broom ball, we do parties for kids,” he said.

But as general manager, he doesn't always get to do the job he really likes.

“I don't get to do as much of the day-to-day ice maintenance as I would like to,” Schinasi said.

But that's about to change on the world's biggest stage.

“That's what I'll be doing at the Olympics...I'm a Zamboni driver,” Schinasi told 6 News. “The figure skating competition and the short track speed skating competition, as well as the practice arenas for both sports."

Schinasi leaves for South Korea on Friday.

“I'm really excited about the opportunity to go over there. I'm just looking at it like I was very fortunate to be offered that chance to go over and be part of the Olympics and take care of the ice rinks,” he said

It's a big responsibility. Schinasi knows his job performance can have a direct connection with the athlete's performance.

“Certainly we want to give them every opportunity to be successful and compete at the highest level that they can you know I think there's always pressure,” Schinasi said. “And obviously at the Olympic level it all has to be right.”

Schinasi says he realizes his Olympic job is something all kids dream of.

“As a little kid you stand there and watch the Zamboni go round and round and clean the ice and hope someday that you can get to do that.”

So when you watch figure or speed skaters think about Evan Schinasi the man driving the Zamboni.

“I'm ready to go, I'm excited and I'm really looking forward to it.”

Remember the Olympics Opening ceremonies are on February 9th and events run through the 25th. Be sure to catch all the Olympic action right here on WOWT NBC Omaha.