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Some of the world's best figure skaters will be bringing the international figure skating spotlight to Spokane. In addition to the attention coming to the Inland Northwest, the competition means a lot of focus on the frozen surface of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

While it may look really simple to get the ice ready for one of the largest skating competitions, it's a lot more complicated than you might imagine.

"For figure skating we want 22 to 23 degrees for a nice surface temperature," Bill Poffenroth says. He's a certified ice technician. 

In addition to temperature control, he's also a slusher, fills divots, takes measurements and drives the ice resurfacer (known as a zamboni).

He's part of a team whose goal is to have the best ice around.

"Every time the figure skaters have been here we've had nothing but rave reviews," Poffenroth says.  

So even though he admits his hours are long, in the end it helps to love what you're doing. "It makes you really proud."

The first event is the men's and ladies' head to head that takes place at the arena Friday night at 7:30. 

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