it opened this morning for the 11th season and there were special performances by brian boitano and others. it's considered one of the most beautiful in the world ranking number 4 last year by "usa today" but keeping the ice from melting is a high- tech effort. >> what we are using as a technology with an aluminum panel so our ice is 1.5" thick. being that it's only that thick, we can control the temperature of the surface at all times. so we don't ever get wet as you see right now. the sun means nothing. >> the rink is large enough that theoretically 300 people could be skating at the same time although it would be crowded. >> i don't want to try that. >> ticks are $18 for adults, $13 for kids 8 or younger, tickets are that cost. the rink is open every day until the 21st. the view there -- >> such a great location. >> it's beautiful. >> right in the middle of union square. >> but not 300 people. >>> let's go to bill now in the weather center. red flag warning in effect later on tonight. >> a pattern producing these red flag warning, it's not typical and it's dry and the frequency of them.
. >> for the first time in 30 years, not since brian boitano and debbie thomas has the bay area placed two figure skaters on team usa. garvin thomas joins us now with a touching story about one of them. >> terry, like many other skaters, vincent zhou's story to the olympics hasn't been a smooth one. when he was just 11, he struggled with terrible injuries that had him contemplating giving up the sport. by his side supporting him the whole time was his mother. not the first time she played a key role in his career. >> yeah. >> reporter: in just a matter of days vincent zhou will take center ice in pyeongchang to represent his country. it will be the most familiar, unfamiliar place he has ever been. vince vincent's body will have just arrived. his mind, though, has been there for years. >> i can't count the number of times that i've stood in my starting pose at the world arena, closed my eyes for a second and imagined that it's the olympic arena. >> reporter: his olympic shot is of course the result of years of training and hard work by vincent. but as he has gotten older and matured, he
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