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South Dakota doesn't have any people participating in the Winter Olympics, but there is something important from our state making an appearance in Sochi.

Twin City Fan Aerovent provides the fans that blow artificial snow on the ski slopes at the winter games. These fans are made in Aberdeen. They are able to blow snow up to 60 feet.

After the fans are manufactured in Aberdeen, they are shipped to Snow Machines Inc. in Michigan. Here hoses and nozzles are added to the fans, so water can be frozen, made into snow and blown all over the Olympic slopes.

TCF Aerovent employees are excited to see something they made show up on national television.

"It's definitely pretty cool to see something you make just on an average day used, somewhere useful," said Dustin Hendrickson. Hendrickson is a robotics operator at TCF Aerovent, and he controlled several things that were done to the fans with his robotic system.

The fans are tough to see while watching because the Russian Olympic committee wants viewers to think it's natural snow on the ground, so there is rarely a shot of these snow makers.

TCF production manager Dan Johnson says he has picked them out on television several times.

"When they are going down, following a snowboarder down you can see the fans on the edge of that slope. Now they are up on a pole, some are white some are black," Johnson says.

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