DENVER, January 19, 2005 ? American speedskating Olympic athletes and coaches will be better connected to friends, family and fans thanks to a partnership between U.S. Speedskating and Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q).

Qwest will serve as a gold-level sponsor of the U.S. Speedskating team through the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. As part of the arrangement, Qwest will provide team members with the company?s wireless, high-speed Internet access and voice services.

?Qwest?s sponsorship extends beyond supporting our financial objectives,? said U.S. Speedskating President Andy Gabel, who is himself an Olympic silver medal winner in the sport. ?The technology Qwest is providing to our organization and athletes allows us to function at a much higher level than before, and this will directly lead to the success of our teams.?

Qwest?s 14-state service region is home to short- and long-track training centers, three of the nation?s five Olympic-quality long-track speedskating venues (Salt Lake City; Roseville, Minn; Butte, Mont.) and is home to most of the team?s members.

?We?ve got a group of amazingly talented athletes training, competing and living in our own backyard,? said Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO. ?We are extremely proud to provide our Spirit of Service to the U.S. Speedskating team in their bid to bring medals home from Turin in 2006. When we were presented with the opportunity to keep the team connected with Qwest wireless, high-speed Internet access and voice services, we jumped at the chance to support them.?

As part of the sponsorship package, Qwest is providing athletes with wireless, broadband and other technologies to help ensure connectively with coaches, family, teammates, friends and fans. Qwest will also support the team?s overall community service efforts.

?Training, skating and competing is a 24/7 job for us,? said speedskater and Olympic gold medalist Casey FitzRandolph. ?Qwest?s sponsorship not only helps us speedskaters manage our careers but gives us the technology and connectivity tools to help us maintain our competitive edge.?

About U.S. Speedskating

U.S. Speedskating is the governing body of speedskating in the United States. The organization?s chief responsibility is to prepare athletes and teams to represent the United States for international competition.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services. With more than 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at

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