Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


February 10, 2014

Iowans light Winter Olympics

Mark Belloma, of Centerville, returned last week after an extended stay in Sochi, Russia where he helped to install lights from Oskaloosa-based Musco Lighting for the 2014 Winter Olympic games.

Belloma, who has worked for 15 years at Musco Lighting, said he made three trips to Sochi, with the first in September. He came home for one week each for Thanksgiving and for Christmas, but otherwise the rest of those days were spent in Sochi.

Belloma, 48, said he spent a total of 86 days in Sochi doing his part for the team effort to install temporary lighting for the Winter Olympic games.

“It wasn’t just me. It was a total team effort,” Belloma said about Musco Lighting’s approach to the Olympics in Sochi. “We had a bunch of Musco people over there.”

Belloma said part of his responsibilities while in Sochi were to coordinate and secure housing for his fellow Musco employees, work with the Olympic Broadcasting Committee, set up warehouse facilities and coordinating with venue managers for lighting installation.

“Once I got over there they said, ‘Here’s what we’re lighting. Here’s what we’re going to do,’” Belloma said. “‘And just make it happen.’”

Belloma said he faced obstacles like logistics, language barrier and getting the equipment to the venues.

“There were a lot of obstacles,” Belloma said. “It was difficult. It was definitely challenging. The language barrier was real tough.”

As it turned out, Belloma said, Musco Lighting ended up lighting every venue.

Part of Musco’s mission was to make the lighting bright enough for television coverage during the athletic events and during press conferences and the “mix zone” where athletes do TV interviews.

Some of what Musco Lighting took to Sochi complimented the existing lighting already in place, something Belloma called “legacy lighting,” which is good enough for spectators but not for television.

Text Only
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Biden Talks Economy and Civil Rights Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

     View Results