First-Time Competitor Randy Olson Takes First Place in Windshield Repair Olympics
October 12, 2010

Randy Olson took first in the competition.

First-time competitor Randy Olson of Chip Medic in Bend, Ore., took first place today in the Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics in Las Vegas.

"I was overwhelmed by the win," Olson told glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR magazine shortly after the winners were announced. Olson, 56, has been in the industry for five years.

Olson was followed by Brandon Long of Novus Glass in Eaton Rapids, Mich., with second place. Long took home third place in the 2009 competition.

Gregory Hamilton of Glasspro in Charleston, S.C., finished in third place. Hamilton is a former Auto Glass Technician Olympics silver medalist, but this was his first time competing in the WRO.

In addition, Lee Simms, who owns a Superglass Windshield Repair franchise in Bedford, Texas, was recognized with an innovation award for utilizing custom floors mats in the vehicle and for providing the customer with breast cancer awareness materials in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. s

Left to right: Innovation award winner Lee Simms, first-place winner Randy Olson; third-place winner Gregory Hamilton; and second-place winner Brandon Long.

The competition was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in conjunction with the NACE Expo, which continues through tomorrow.

The competition's corporate sponsors include platinum sponsor GlasWeld, along with diamond sponsor HSG, and emerald sponsors SuperGlass Windshield Repair and Glass Doctor. The competition also is sponsored by AGRR magazine and the National Windshield Repair Association.

Next year's WRO will be held in Memphis, Tenn., during Auto Glass Week™, September 15-17, 2011, along with the Pilkington Classic Auto Glass Technician Olympics and the meetings of several industry groups.


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