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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

As the 2002 Winter Games have drawn closer, I’ve seen, as many of you, how Utah businesses have gained a great benefit in providing their products and services. The latest is Standard Optical, a locally and family-owned business with 16 locations across Utah.

For its part in the event, Standard Optical announced that it has become an official sponsor of the U.S. Speedskating Team. The alliance means Standard Optical will furnish the speedskaters with eyecare and eyewear through the 2003 speedskating season.

Stephen Schubach, the president and owner of Standard Optical, said that his company is extremely excited to have a partnership with the U.S. Speedskating Team and said it is a great honor to participate in events of worldwide significance.

In February, Standard Optical will host two events focused on the U.S. Speedskating team, which will be open to the public. The events will include the following: a welcome and social for the speedskaters, families and friends; a pep rally at the Standard Optical Main Street location in downtown Salt Lake City, as well as several Frederic Beausoleil trunk show parties at various Standard Optical locations.

Speedskaters Becky Sundstrom and Kip Carpenter will act as spokespersons for Standard Optical on behalf of the U.S. Speedskating Team. Sundstrom, who is part of the U.S. Long Track Elite Team, was a 1998 Olympian. Her career accomplishments include placing first overall in the 1997 U.S. Sprints, and placing second overall in the U.S. Sprints 1996 and 1999 through 2000.

Carpenter is a member of the U.S. Sprint Team. He placed fifth overall in the 1999 U.S. Sprint Championships and 13th in the 500 meter for the 2000 World Single Distance Championships.

Fred Benjamin, the president of the U.S. Speedskating Board of Directors, said on behalf of his organization that it was exciting to be linked with Standard Optical and its 90-year history of success in the community.

For Zions Bank, I’m Fred Ball. I’m speaking on business.

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