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NBC’s Ironman coverage nets another Emmy nomination


The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has once again nominated the coverage of the Ironman World Championship aired on NBC for a Sports Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Camera Work.

The Ironman show has received 15 Sports Emmy Awards since it moved to NBC and became a stand-alone program.

That is a tribute to the hard-working crew of more than 40 who somehow manage to cover the 140.6-mile course in spite of logistical and communication challenges. The television crew endure a day that’s even longer than that of the last finisher – they begin at 3 a.m. and go until 2 a.m.

For Ironman athletes around the world their hard work turns into 90 minutes of riveting television.

“These nominations reflect the hard work and dedication of a fantastic production team,” says Peter Henning, senior vice president of television production for Ironman. “However, without the unbelievable cooperation of the dedicated athletes, volunteers and Ironman team who continue to demonstrate a quest for excellence, these nominations would not be possible.”

Henning is no stranger to the Emmys. During his illustrious career total of 18, he has won Emmy awards for his work not only on the Ironman, but for his coverage of the Iditarod dog sled race, the 1976 Olympic Games, and the Eco Challenge, along with his work on a variety of shows including American Sportsman and Wide World of Sports.

The 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards will be handed out Monday, April 30 at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

“This is an outstanding year for the sports community and for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,” said Malachy Wienges, NATAS chairman. “The entries received in this year’s Sports Emmys resulted in a record 175 nominees, illustrating the quality of these entries. We are also honoring Jack Whitaker with our Lifetime Achievement Award. I had the pleasure of working with Jack for eighteen years at CBS, and Jack is a sports icon and a class act.”

Nominees for Outstanding Camera Work include:

* The 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship – NBC Ironman Productions
* 24/7 HBO – Cotto vs Margarito
* 24/7 HBO – Flyers‑Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic
* A Game of Honor Showtime – CBS Sports
* Grand Slam Tennis on ESPN – ESPN2
* NFL Films Presents NFL Network Shots of the Season – NFL Films
* The Promise – ESPN

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