(WBNG Binghamton) A garage in Endwell and a classroom at Broome-Tioga BOCES share a unique tie this week. A last minute job of painting a piece of the Olympics.
"It just needs a good once over with the body shop, a decent paint job and we'll make it right," said Randy Will.
Will, a former Olympic bobsledder, is coaching this year's Australian bobsled team. A team that Will admits is a group of underdogs. However, those underdogs will be using these sleds. No modern technology is necessary for them.
"Does ice still freeze at 32 degrees?" asked Will. "With bobsleds we still go with four runners, we still go down with either two or four people and we still drive the track."
He built these in his Johnson City garage, in his spare time while running his Italian restaurant. But since he ran out of time, since the team is on the ice next Tuesday, he connected with Dick Ford's Garage and Broome-Tioga BOCES. Dick Ford's Garage has the two-man sled, while BOCES has the four-man, a job neither group could turn down.
"To me this is a pretty important deal and I would think hundredths of seconds matter," said Chad Zajdel, a teacher at BOCES. "So I told the kids, there can't be any dirt in the paint job, this has to be a perfectly smooth paint job."
"They like it, they're pretty excited to do it and see it out there," said Jason Ford from Dick Ford's Garage. "See it out there in January and February when it gets out to Russia and starts going down the track."
It's something the kids at BOCES won't forget anytime soon.
"All the sanding and painting and stuff like that, it's a lot of hard work that goes into it, but it'll be definitely worth it to see it," said Henery Grannis, a student at BOCES.
Remembering the time a bunch of students and a body shop from Broome County helped a bunch of Rugby players from Australia live out their winter Olympic dream.