Posted by: Joe English | February 13, 2008

TV: Re-broadcast of Ironman World Championships on NBC

Did you miss the coverage of the 2007 Ironman World Championships last Novemember? If so, set your DVRs for this Saturday afternoon as NBC re-broadcasts the 2007 event.

What: 2007 Ironman World Championships from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
When: Saturday, February 16th, 2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m. EST
Where: NBC

For my re-cap of the race, please click here. I’ll add that this year’s race was beautifully shot in vibrant High-Defintion, so if you have an HD TV you’re in for a treat. If you’ve been there before, it will bring back haunting images of those scorching hot miles of pavement through the lava fields.

Chrissie Wellington
Chrissie Wellington wins in Kona

This is what NBC has to say about the highlights of the broadcast:

“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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