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Sochi's ice makers tested by variety of Winter Olympics sports
Sochi's ice makers tested by variety of Winter Olympics sports

SOCHI, Russia — The slightest shift in temperature — a few degrees either way — can make all the difference. If the ice at his arena becomes too cold or brittle, Sergey Pliner will hear grumbles from figure skaters who want a soft landing for their triple axels. So the refrigeration engineer from Moscow has learned a trick. He adds a fine layer of warm water, quickly freezing it to a not-so-rigid consistency. PHOTOS: Different sports pose challenge for Sochi Olympics ice makers "There are many peculiarities," Pliner said. "Technical things we can do." Anyone who thinks that ice is just ice has never been to the Winter Olympics. The organizers...

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