Staveteig resigns role as USCA Head Ice Technician

By Terry L. Davis | Sept. 09, 2019, 12:13 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 9, 2019

 

Staveteig set to step away as USCA’s Head Ice Technician

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – David Staveteig (Thompson, N.D.) will resign from his position as Head Ice Technician of the United States Curling Association (USCA) at the end of the year.

 

Longtime Assistant Head Ice Technician Shawn Olesen (Fargo, N.D.) will step into the role with Quentin Way (Denver) serving as his assistant.

 

Staveteig began his role as head ice technician for the USCA in 2009 after his good friend, Garland Legacie, passed away while serving in that position.

 

“I will miss the people that I worked with from the office staff to the volunteers,” Staveteig said.

 

Staveteig will conclude his Head Ice Technician duties after preparing the ice at the Americas Challenge (Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at Curl Mesabi, Eveleth, Minn.) and Men’s Challenge Round (Jan. 2-5 at Grand Forks, N.D.).

 

It is with great regret that we accept David Staveteig’s resignation, as he is one of the top curling ice makers in the world and his name is synonymous with excellent ice,” said Rick Patzke of USA Curling. “David’s leadership, personality, relentless dedication and commitment to always striving to provide Pebble Beach-like quality curling ice helped him attract a devoted team of ice makers which includes experts in water quality, air handling and engineering. Making curling ice is as much art as science, and when David was in charge, competitors could count on the best possible field of play that would allow them to draw on all of their skills in shot-making, ice reading, sweeping, and so on to excel at their sport.”

 

Icemaking in the United States grew tremendously during Staveteig’s tenure with a significant increase in icemaking opportunities for U.S. ice technicians at world championship and Olympic/Paralympic events, including Olesen’s role at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Staveteig’s head ice technician position at the 2018 World Men’s Championship in Las Vegas. In addition, Staveteig was a key part of ice crews at countless world championships, a recent European Championships and Continental Cups. 

 

“As David has chosen to pull back from his duties as Head Ice Technician, I am excited to step in to carry on the work of giving our curlers the best possible conditions to compete on,” Olesen said. “These are big shoes to fill and our crew will do all we can to not miss a beat.”

 

“Dave will be missed greatly! Not only has he and his crew given us world-class ice throughout his tenure as head ice tech, but he has also ushered along so many ice makers in our country along the way,” said John Shuster, six-time national champion and 2018 Olympic gold medalist. “That dedication to our sport here in the USA will surely be missed, however, he has definitely left us in a great place moving forward.”

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Franklin Group, Goldline, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), Sitrin, Thorne, Toyota, Traveler’s Choice, and Twin Cities Orthopedics, and is partnered with Brakebush, Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).

 

David Staveteig (front, right) has resigned as Head Ice Technician. Shawn Olesen (front, left) will take on the new role this season.