With the Golden State Warriors on the verge of a second NBA title in three years, William Floyd High School Culinary Arts teacher, Richard Daly, an international ice carving champion, was tapped to create an intricate sculpture to encapsulate the creation of the Golden State Warriors’ modern sports dynasty for an ESPN special segment, “The Building of the Warriors’ Dynasty,” which first aired in the hours after the clinching game.
Daly, a Guinness World Record holder for the “Fastest Time to Carve 60 Sculptures,” who also owns Ice Melodies, Inc., an ice sculpting business, was contacted by ESPN producers this past weekend with the Warriors on the verge of clinching the title, to see if he was interested in creating the sculpture.
After agreeing, he was tasked with carving the likenesses of four of the team’s stars – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant – along with the team’s logo, a basketball, net and the words, “Juggernaut: 2 out of 3.” The sculpture took a total of five hours carving time.
“To be chosen to work with such a high-caliber television crew and company is an honor, especially for something as important as the NBA finals,” said Mr. Daly. “Though a lot of pressure was on me, it’s always amazing what can be accomplished when pushed harder.”
You can watch the full segment at ESPN here and a brief clip from the taping below!