BROADVIEW HEIGHTS -- During the Winter Olympics we are seeing a lot of action on the ice. One local artist has won medals in the Olympics -- with ice.
Aaron Costic wanted to be a chef. But when his instructor saw how he could make ice into art, he was encourage to compete.
That led him to participate in the ice carving cultural events at three different Winter Olympics.
"My first Olympics was 1998 in Nagano, Japan were I got the bronze. Salt Lake City we got fourth place. And then in Torino, Italy I got the gold medal," said Aaron Costic, of Elegant Ice Creations Inc.
Costic is also a four-time national champion and an eight-time world champion. It's through competition where the artistry of ice carving takes shape.
"The tools that we use in our studio were developed in the competition world, so that's where all the edges are being pushed. People are developing new tools and techniques there. It makes it so we can do our job at the studio better," said Costic.
Costic is also responsible for the now famous Channel 3 ice desk.
"That desk got such great national acclaim. A lot of my ice carver friends have sent me notes that say we are doing a desk in Atlanta, Buffalo, Charlotte, all over the country because of that one desk," said Costic.
A wide variety of ice sculptures will be on display this weekend at the Medina Ice Festival. Twenty carvers will be on hand each day. Then it's off to Fairbanks, Alaska to compete in this year's World Ice Art Championships.
"We are given a 700-pound block of ice, three days, a two person team. We can carve whatever we want. This is the hardest event in the world to win," said Costic.
Costic says the one advantage to working with ice: all your mistakes melt away.