PARK CITY, Utah (August 20) — EarthLink (NASDAQ: ELNK), one of the nation’s largest Internet service providers (ISPs), recently finalized an agreement with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to become the official ISP of U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team through 2006.
“USSA is thrilled to add EarthLink to our outstanding list of corporate partners. EarthLink offers an unrivaled service that enables USSA athletes, coaches and staff to stay connected around the world, which is so vital for rapid communications,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ted Morris. “We look forward to building a greater relationship between EarthLink and the international snowsports community.”
“EarthLink is proud to serve as the Official ISP of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, said Vince Caramella, senior manager of marketing communications for EarthLink. “This relationship is a good fit for us because of our shared philosophy, one that emphasizes a commitment to excellence.”
The long-term agreement includes participation at World Cups and the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix series. All competitions have national coverage on the Olympic network NBC or ESPN and attract the best riders and skiers in America.
Snowboarding continues to be the fastest-growing element of the snowsports picture, according to Morris, “and our events represent the highest level of competition outside of the Olympics.”
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee to develop and prepare U.S. athletes for national and international competition, including the Olympic Games. The vision of USSA is to make the USA the best in world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding by 2006, providing development and elite racing programs. U.S. Snowboarding, an arm of the national Olympic governing body, is dedicated to the progression of snowboarding by assisting in the development of American athletes through athletic programs and competitions coast-to-coast