July 21, 2022
Documentary special spotlighting historic victories and inspirational athletes from the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission, St. George, Utah
TAMPA, Fla. (July 21, 2022) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – A documentary special highlighting the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN® World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission will premiere on Saturday, July 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock, NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com/Live. The IRONMAN World Championship special will chronicle triathlon’s pinnacle event, which for the first time in its history took place outside Hawai`i, on May 7, 2022, in St. George, Utah.
The documentary special will chronicle the what has become the most iconic single-day endurance event in the world along with the stories of both professional and inspiring age-group athletes competing in the prestigious triathlon. The documentary special will also be made available globally on the IRONMAN YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ironmantriathlon following its airing on NBC.
Since its inception in 1978, the IRONMAN World Championship triathlon has demonstrated not only the unrivaled physical ability and enduring drive of the top endurance athletes in the world, but also some of the most inspirational and impactful stories of perseverance and resilience from the age-group athletes and everyday individuals who compete alongside them.
Among the features for the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission special are:
- Two young Norwegians at the top of the sport, Olympic Gold Medalist Kristian Blummenfelt and reigning IRONMAN® 70.3® World Champion Gustav Iden, who look to go head-to-head for World Championship supremacy.
- Two top Americans, rising star and Utah resident Skye Moench and the seasoned pro Heather Jackson look to stamp their names in the history books on American soil.
- After a stretch of unfamiliar form, Daniela Ryf looks to return to glory and chase down her fifth IRONMAN World Championship title.
- Australian Renee Kiley who was a pack a day smoker and did not exercise, shares how she turned her life around to first become an elite amateur triathlete and eventually making it to the professional field and professional start line of the IRONMAN World Championship.
- Jonathan Courchene, of the Sagkeeng First Nations community in Manitoba, Canada, is a certified school clinician in many of the First Nations schools in his province who races to spread awareness on suicide among indigenous people, and to inspire his students and community, helping them realize the IRONMAN athlete inside of them all.
The broadcast special of the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission was filmed and produced by The IRONMAN Group Production team.
Since the first IRONMAN World Championship documentary special in 1991, the show has earned 68 Sports Emmy nominations and 16 Sports Emmy Award wins.
For more information about the IRONMAN World Championship, please visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media may contact [email protected].
About Intermountain Healthcare
Located in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada, Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 25 hospitals, 225 clinics, the Intermountain Medical Group with some 2,700 employed physicians and advanced care practitioners, a health plans division called SelectHealth, Homecare, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs.
The Utah Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image, and quality of life through the attraction, promotion, and development of national and international sports. Since the 2002 Olympics and Paralympics, the Utah Sports Commission has attracted nearly 900 major events to the state. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities, and other related services. It is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 business league and Utah Sports Commission Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About the IRONMAN World Championship
Since its inception in 1978 on the Island of O`ahu, 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 Waikīkī 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 2,500 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 over 94,000 athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots. The 2021 edition of the event took place in St. George, Utah in May 2022, becoming the first location to host the event outside of Hawai`i since its origins in 1978. After a two-year hiatus from Hawai`i due to COVID, the race returns to Kona and takes place as a two-day event in October for the 2022 edition of the IRONMAN World Championship. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship.
About The IRONMAN Group
The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.
Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.