TAMPA, Florida (April 13, 2023) — It has been announced that the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has honored IRONMAN and Outside TV with a Sports Emmy nomination 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 special which was created by The IRONMAN Group Productions aired on Outside TV in January of 2022. 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 honored to have the opportunity to share Kyle’s story through this platform,” said Julia Polloreno, Vice President, Content Production & Distribution for The IRONMAN Group. “Kyle’s ongoing fight against ALS and his awe-inspiring journey to the finish line of the IRONMAN 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, Kyle took a different stance, saying, “When faced with tragedy we can either come alive or come undone. I choose to come alive.”
Since 2006, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon has showcased not only the limitless physical capability and competitive nature of the top endurance athletes in the world, but also some of the most awe-inspiring and impactful stories of courage and resilience from the age-group athletes. The broadcast special spanned from the pre-race build-up to the final hours of the finish, unveiling the intensity, emotion, physical demands, and dramatic 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.
The 2023 Sports Emmys will be broadcast live on May 22, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. ET on http://watch.theemmys.tv.
A full replay if the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon documentary special that includes the feature on Kyle Brown can be viewed on Outside Watch.
[Editor’s Note: Defying the odds is what Kyle does. Two years after his initial diagnosis, he is still fighting everyday, and challenging his disease with as much humor as possible. Check out his Youtube channel for some really funny (and some really poignant) videos.]