Friday, February 1, 2008

IronMan This Saturday at 2pm

Tune into NBC this Saturday at 2 p.m. EST (check local listings for the time in your area) for the dramatic coverage of the world's toughest one-day endurance competition, the Ford Ironman World Championship from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Heading into the 2007 event, much of the pre-race media focused on the anticipated battle between Chris McCormack and his German rivals, Normann Stadler and Faris Al-Sultan. The women's race was also expected to be a close duel as defending champion Michellie Jones and six-time winner Natascha Badmann took on a competitive field. Last year's event also saw the emergence of a number of Kona "rookies," including the 2006 Ford Ironman 70.3 World Champions Samantha McGlone and Craig Alexander, along with Britain's latest Ironman phenom, Chrissie Wellington.

In addition to an exciting professional field, the show profiles some of the inspirational athletes who took part in the race. In 2004 college swim star Brian Boyle was in a car accident that almost took his life. He died eight times on the operating table. Boyle would eventually return to collegiate swimming and take on the challenge of the 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship. Other features include the stories of Scott Rigsby, who arrived in Kona last year hoping to become the first above-the-knee double-amputee to finish the Ironman World Championship, and blind athlete Charlie Plaskon, who competed on behalf of the C Different Foundation.
For nearly three decades, the drama of Ironman has captured the attention of millions around the world. Its compelling stories of ordinary people accomplishing the extraordinary move and inspire television viewers of all ages. Experience Ironman, up close and personal, this Saturday, on NBC.

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