Annual NBC Broadcast Special honored by National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) with Sports Emmy Award, edging out other world-class sports event productions
TAMPA, Fla. (May 9, 2018) – At a ceremony held last night, May 8 at Jazz in Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, it was announced that the television broadcast of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship race was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage. The show which was co-produced by IRONMAN and Texas Crew Productions and airs on NBC, was up against considerable competition for the prestigious award, including the 2017 World Series Film: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (FS1/MLB Network), All Access Epilogue: Mayweather vs. McGregor (Showtime), Sound FX: Super Bowl 51 (NFL Network), UFC Fight Flashback: Cruz vs. Garbrandt (FS1).
The 39th Sports Emmy Awards recognized outstanding achievement in sports television coverage across 40 categories. With the win, the IRONMAN World Championship broadcast has now captured 17 Sports Emmy awards along with numerous other accolades, including 55 Emmy nominations. This was the sixth Sports Emmy win in the category of Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage/Special and the first Emmy win since 2011 when it won for Outstanding Camera Work.
“We are incredibly grateful for this honor and believe that it shines a light on the power of IRONMAN, our extraordinary athletes, and the inspiration of the IRONMAN World Championship,” said Christopher Stadler, Chief Marketing Officer of IRONMAN and Executive Producer of the show. “As we celebrate ‘40 years of Dreams’ in 2018, this award adds yet another astounding achievement to what we have been able to accomplish since 1978. We know that these impactful, awe-inspiring stories of courage, resilience and determination will continue to inspire millions of people around the world.”
The age-group features this year included Marine Corps veteran Mike Ergo and stage-4 pancreatic cancer fighter, Mike Levine. Ergo used triathlon to battle the demons of post-traumatic stress disorder, while finding a way to keep the memory alive of his 29 fallen Marine Corps brothers by racing with their names on his kit. Levine found encouragement from 1982 IRONMAN World Champion Kathleen McCartney, who raced alongside him and helped him realize a diagnosis doesn’t define you. The story of Sian Welch’s return to the island 20 years after one of the most memorable finishes in IRONMAN history was also documented, along with the exciting professional race.
For those wishing to view the Emmy Award-winning 2017 IRONMAN World Championship broadcast, it will re-air on Friday, August 19 at 3 pm on NBC Sports Network. A DVD of the show is also available for purchase here.
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IRONMAN World Championship
Since its inception in 1978 on the island of Oahu, the IRONMAN World Championship has etched its name in history through stellar performances, inspirational participants and emotional memories. In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Island of Hawai`i where it continues to take place to this day. The race now sees over 2,400 athletes embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN World Champion. The most iconic one-day sporting event in the world is the culmination of 40 global IRONMAN events with athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN®70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Holdings
Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media and marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.
About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional, non-profit service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Daytime Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of over 16,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.