he National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has recognised Ironman and Outside TV with a Sports Emmy nomination. This is in the category of Outstanding Short Feature for the profile of Kyle Brown, a Utah athlete battling an aggressive form of ALS, highlighted in the documentary special of the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
The Sports Emmy Awards ceremony will take place live and in-person at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P Rose Hall on Monday, May 22, 2023.
“We are grateful to be nominated for this prestigious award and equally as honoured to have the opportunity to share Kyle’s story through this platform,” said Julia Polloreno, Vice President, Content Production & Distribution for The IronmanGroup.
“Kyle’s ongoing fight against ALS and his awe-inspiring journey to the finish line of the IM 70.3 World Championship race is a stirring testament to his resilience, courage and sheer determination.”
Northern Utah native and elite cyclist Kyle Brown was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ALS in early 2021 and given only 6-8 months to live by doctors. Instead of letting his diagnosis derail his goal of racing in the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon, he took a different stance, saying, “When faced with tragedy we can either come alive or come undone. I choose to come alive.”
The latest nomination adds to The Ironman Group’s previous 57 Emmy nominations, which include 18 Emmy award wins.
The IM 70.3 World Championship broadcast special spanned from the pre-race build-up to the final hours of the finish, unveiling the intensity, emotion, physical demands, and competition of the more than 3,500 athletes. Representing more than 85 countries, regions and territories, athletes took on a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run across the rugged St George terrain in Greater Zion, Utah.
A full replay if the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon presented by Utah Sports Commission documentary special that includes the feature on Kyle Brown can be viewed on Outside Watch.