AT&T Flips On Wi-Fi at USA Gymnastics Women's National Team Training Center
American Gymnasts Can Now Leap Online to Stay Better Connected to Friends and Family as They Prepare for 2008 Olympic Games
Huntsville, Texas, May 7, 2008
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced the launch of AT&T Wi-FiSM service at the USA Gymnastics Women's National Team Training Center — the designated training center for the U.S. Women's National Team — located 60 miles north of Houston. The new AT&T Wi-Fi service will help the U.S. Women's National Team stay connected to friends, family and coaches as the athletes train for the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Wi-Fi launch is part of AT&T's role as an official sponsor for USA Gymnastics to provide financial support, products and services to aid in the training of America's gymnasts. Before today's upgrade, gymnasts and coaches had limited connectivity throughout the training center and experienced slow speeds and little bandwidth during peak usage times throughout training camps, making it difficult to keep up with family and friends.
AT&T Wi-Fi is now broadly available throughout the training center, including the national training gym and office, athlete and coach housing and the other buildings. With AT&T Wi-Fi service, gymnasts, coaches and staff enjoy a convenient, fast and reliable Internet connection and online experience — without the wires.
"Training for the Olympic Games is no easy feat, and we're proud to help our American gymnasts stay in touch with what's important to them," said Jason Simpson, AT&T director of Olympic Integration. "These athletes have little time to surf the Web and catch up with friends and family. When they have the opportunity to get online, they need a connection that's fast, reliable and easy to access. And that's what we're delivering with AT&T Wi-Fi."
"Our athletes, coaches and staff really appreciate AT&T providing the advanced Wi-Fi network," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "AT&T's support continues to help our country's best gymnasts as they work toward qualifying for Team USA in the 2008 Olympic Games. AT&T Wi-Fi service is already receiving great reviews from the team."
Team USA enthusiasts who want to stay connected to their favorite U.S. athletes can log on to the AT&T blue room (http://www.attblueroom.com/teamusa) to enjoy webcasts of events and exclusive interviews with AT&T U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls. The blue room currently features "USA Gymnastics: Behind the Team," the online series available only on the AT&T blue room Team USA site. U.S. Olympic Team hopeful gymnast Nastia Liukin is featured in an AT&T Tips and Training program episode — an original production that provides fans access to sport-specific training tips from several elite U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls — and she also is in the latest AT&T Home Turf episode — a series of streaming video webisodes in which athletes grant fans a behind-the-scenes peek of life off the clock. AT&T U-verseSM TV customers can also connect with U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls with AT&T Tips and Training and "USA Gymnastics: Behind the Team" via AT&T Team USA On Demand.
Today's announcement is the latest step by AT&T to help U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes train and compete. AT&T is an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team and provides significant financial support, products and services to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
AT&T will also serve as the official telecommunications services partner of the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In addition to supporting USA Gymnastics, the company serves as an official partner for several National Governing Bodies, including USA Track & Field, USA Diving and USA Swimming.
These sponsorships are an important part of AT&T's mission to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else.
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