It has been announced that the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has honored IRONMAN and Texas Crew Productions with a Sports Emmy nomination for Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage for the television broadcast of the 2017 IRONMAN®
World Championship race. The 39th
Sports Emmy Awards will recognize outstanding achievement in sports television coverage across 40 categories. Nominees will be honored, and winners will be announced, during the ceremony held tonight, May 8 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.
A fixture on NBC since 1991, the IRONMAN World Championship broadcast has now garnered 55 Emmy nominations and has captured 16 Emmy awards along with numerous other accolades. This past year’s show is nominated amongst a series of world-class events 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 annual 90-minute show provides viewers an exclusive all-access experience, from the pre-race build-up to the final hours of the nighttime finish. More than 30 cameras capture the action during the grueling and inspirational 140.6-mile challenge. Beyond telling the story of the professional race, age-group features for this past year’s show included Marine Corps veteran Mike Ergo and stage-4 pancreatic cancer fighter, Mike Levine. Ergo used triathlon to battle the demons of PTSD while finding a way to keep alive the memory of his 29 fallen Marine Corps brothers by racing with their names on his race kit. Levine found inspiration and encouragement from 1982 IRONMAN World Champion Kathleen McCartney, who raced alongside him and helped him realize a diagnosis doesn’t define you.
“We are truly honored to be recognized among the list of outstanding nominees in this category; It is a true testament to the extraordinary power of IRONMAN,” said Christopher Stadler, Chief Marketing Officer of IRONMAN and Executive Producer of the show. “This captivating program exposes viewers to the dramatic competition of the sport’s pinnacle event and our mantra that Anything is Possible. As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary this year, the IRONMAN World Championship continues to showcase the magic of Kona through impactful awe-inspiring stories of courage, resilience and determination.”
The 2017 IRONMAN World Championship will re-air on Friday, August 19 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. A DVD of the show is also available for purchase here.