Wisconsin man plays integral role in Summer Olympics

Posted: 6:19 AM, Jul 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-13 12:00:59-04

The Summer Olympics on NBC26 are only about three weeks away.

You may be surprised to learn that a Wisconsin man has an integral part in making one of the games happen.

On Bruce Haroldson's dining room table in Hartland, there are the blueprints of what will soon be the most famous piece of hardwood in the world.

Haroldson came up with the precise measurements, and is now one of the technicians in Rio de Janeiro piecing together eight Olympic basketball courts.

"The courts were sanded, sealed, and assembled here in the United States," he says. "Then we take them apart in pieces, load them on a barge, and ship them to Brazil. I'm there to help unload them at the site and set them up correctly. We only had about two months to get it all together."

Haroldson works for Connor Sports, which also makes the courts for the NCAA and many NBA teams.

"After our first year of doing the NCAA courts, our business doubled," he says.

Now it's on to the international stage in Rio. He already knows that when millions around the world are glued to the games, he'll be analyzing the floor.

"When I'm watching a game on television, and I see a player fall down or something, I immediately look at how tight the floor is," he laughs.

He also has a secret to share. On one of the floor panels, he wrote his daughter, Alex's name and the date. So Alex can always say she was a part of the 2016 Summer Olympics!

"It's definitely a cool thing to be a part of," Haroldson says.