The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has recognized the IRONMAN Group and Outside TV with a Sports Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Short Feature category. The nomination is for the profile of Kyle Brown, a Utah athlete who defied the odds and continued to compete in triathlons while battling an aggressive form of ALS. The documentary special of the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon, presented by Utah Sports Commission, aired on Outside TV in January of 2022.
The Sports Emmy Awards ceremony will be held live and in-person at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, New York on Monday, May 22, 2023. This nomination marks the 58th for the IRONMAN Group, which has already earned 57 Emmy nominations and 18 Emmy award wins.
Julia Polloreno, Vice President of Content Production & Distribution for The IRONMAN Group, expressed gratitude for the nomination and the opportunity to share Kyle Brown's story. "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."
Diagnosed with an aggressive form of ALS in early 2021, Kyle Brown was given a prognosis of just 6-8 months to live. Unwilling to let his diagnosis prevent him from pursuing his dream of racing in the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon, Brown stated, "When faced with tragedy, we can either come alive or come undone. I choose to come alive."
The IRONMAN Group's nomination joins an impressive roster of nominees from FOX and ESPN, including features from Big Noon Kickoff, Super Bowl LVII, College GameDay, and Sunday NFL Countdown. The Sports Emmy Awards will announce winners in 47 categories, such as Outstanding Live Special and Live Series, Documentary, Journalism, Public Service Content, Esports Coverage, Studio Host, Event Analyst, and Emerging Talent.