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SOUNDTUBE RIDES THE LUGE SoundTube Entertainment team members got the opportunity to race the Olympic bobsled track that will be used by Olympic athletes
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SOUNDTUBE RIDES THE LUGE

SoundTube Entertainment team members got the opportunity to race the Olympic bobsled track that will be used by Olympic athletes this February. Located just a few miles from SoundTube's corporate offices, Utah's Olympic Park is the venue for Olympic bobsled, luge, ski jumping and Nordic events. Tuffy Latour and Bill Tavares, coaches of the U.S. Olympic Women's Bobsled Team, drove each 4-man SoundTube bobsled. Latour competed in bobsled for eight years at the World Championship level. Tavares competed for five years as a luge athlete, including the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. For the first time in Olympic history, women will compete in the bobsled event at the 2002 Winter Games.

The fifty second, heart-pounding, 80mph ride made SoundTube chairman and CEO David Wiener say, “Wow! After years of Formula One racing, I thought I knew speed. Bobsled racing is an unbelievable ride.”

ASSISTED LISTENING AT OLYMPIC VENUES

As Utah welcomes the world to the Olympic Winter Games, two Utah companies are ensuring that the welcome is heard and understood by everyone. Poll Sound, an A/V rental provider, is supplying Listen Technologies Corporation's wireless audio products to guests who need auditory assistance at each of the 10 Winter Olympic venues.

The Listen LR-300 digital receiver is a 72MHz radio-frequency assistive-listening device that picks up signals from Listen's LT-800 stationary transmitters. Anyone with a receiver will be able to hear the event play-by-play with their own personal unit. Patrons simply need to ask for the devices wherever they see the Americans with Disabilities Act plaque. Using the device is as simple as putting on an ear piece, activating the device and adjusting the volume.

“We are so excited our products will be able to help people hear the events and activities of the Games,” said Russell Gentner, president of Listen Technologies. “It is gratifying as a local company to be able to make the experience more enjoyable for so many of our Olympic guests.”

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