Don't you always smell that funny odor when you enter a skating rink? And then after a while, you don't notice it? Well, someone at ESPN got curious enough about the smell to do some investigative reporting and thank goodness! You can stop wondering why you always get a headache at the rink.
I received a very interesting press release from ESPN. Their primetime newsmagazine E:60, on hiatus since November, will return with five weekly, original episodes beginning today at 7 p.m. ET. The program, which launched in October 2007, combines investigative reporting, in-depth profiles of intriguing sports personalities and features on emerging star athletes.
The press release further states that:
To document how serious a problem indoor air quality is in ice arenas, E:60 tested a number of rinks around the country, and some of the figures are alarming. Only three states and one county in Pennsylvania require the monitoring of air quality in arenas. Who is to blame - rink owners, youth organizations, or local and state governments? E:60's Rachel Nichols examines the harmful air pollutants within the nation's ice rinks and seeks answers on how to eliminate the problem.
I'll be watching. I skate outdoors mostly so I imagine the harm is dramatically decreased as a result. Or maybe not...I'll wait for ESPN's Part 2 on E:60: Think you're safe because you skate outdoors? Think again!