According to Reuters, the battery-powered, "green," ice resurfacing vehicles (known as "Olympia Ice Resurfacers") at the Olympic Oval in Vancouver utterly failed to do their jobs yesterday, resulting in delays to two speed skating events, the men's 500-meter and the women's 3000-meter. Alaska Beat was watching during the men's event, and the machine laid down a dangerous, gouged, rutted, slushy washboard full of standing water. The surface was eventually fixed and the event was completed, but not before it threw off everyone's timing. Rink officials told Reuters the non-Zamboni Zambonis had operated trouble-free for a year prior to the Winter Games, but given the tight schedules, they would replace them. Organizers say that a genuine Zamboni, powered by apparently less-green propane, should arrive today (2/16) from Calgary. Read more here. Alaska Beat still finds it hard to believe that there isn't a real Zamboni any closer to the Games than Calgary.