Sportvision, Inc. & Ironman Properties Partnership Gives Ironman Fans 5 Days of Live Webcast.
Sportvision Production Allows Viewers to Track Ironman Athletes' Live,
Online with Streaming Audio/Video, Athlete Interviews
For the first time ever, triathlon fans will be able to track, live and online, the progress of competitors in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. Sportvision's five-day coverage of the world's most famous endurance event begins on Tuesday, October 19th and runs through the Saturday, October 23rd race.
Sportvision's state-of-the-art Internet production will enable site visitors to view athletes throughout the competition and as they cross each of the finish lines in real time. All athletes will be wearing ankle-mounted timing chips, which will register data at eight locations over the 140.6-mile course. Under an agreement between Sportvision, Inc., the leading provider of sports technology for TV and the Internet, and World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owner of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, visitors to www.ironmanlive.com will be able to easily access complete information about a specific athlete or event, including statistics related to speed, distance traveled, and records being broken information of atmospheric conditions like wind speed, air speed and topography.
The Webcast will be hosted by Dwight Stones, a former Olympic high jumper, who will interview celebrities, athletes and fans, as well as accept questions from fans via e-mail and live chat rooms. Paula Newby-Fraser, 8-time Ironman women's champion, will be providing race day analysis along with six-time Ironman champion Mark Allen, as well as Ironman Hall of Famer Julie Moss. Rounding out the analysis team will be renowned triathlon coach Paul Huddle.
"Ironman is a perfect application for the live Internet coverage," observed Lew Friedland, president of WTC. "It is impossible to cover a 17-hour event live on television, but with the technology the Internet offers we can bring immediate coverage to the fans. Fans can log on to www.Ironmanlive.com at any time and stay there all day if they want, or they can come back at various times during the day to catch up on the progress of their favorite triathlete."
Sportvision will also broadcast the events live over Hawaiian cable. "We are particularly excited about this groundbreaking production, which allows the convergence of Internet data with live broadcast video," noted Gerry Gepner, COO of Sportvision. "The use of broadcast technology and talent, combined with the interactivity the Internet provides, should provide for an engaging show."
The Ironman Triathlon World Championship is the world's most famous endurance event, involving 1500 athletes in a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile marathon. Web viewers of the Sportvision-enhanced www.ironmanlive.com site will enjoy live audio and video coverage, and can interact via e-mail with the Ironman hosts, reporters along the course in Kona, and with other fans around the world. Exclusive live post-race interviews and messages from the athletes will also be available to fans at home.
Said Bill Squadron, Chief Executive Officer of Sportvision, "The Sportvision/Ironman partnership represents the most enriched, technology-driven Webcast of its kind. It will showcase the incredible physical feats of the athletes, but also the nearly limitless potential of wireless and Internet technology." Squadron noted that last year's Ironman Webcast drew more than 5 million page views. "With the enhanced value Sportvision is bringing to the event this year, we expect an even bigger audience in 1999."
Sportvision, the leading sports-media Convergence Company that launched in January 1998, develops technology-based enhancements for sports television, the Internet, and new media platforms. Sportvision's engineering team created the popular, Emmy-nominated 1st & Ten(TM) system, which shows TV viewers where a football team has to reach to get a first down, which is being used by ABC Monday Night Football, ESPN Sunday Night Football and Fox's NFL broadcasts. The Sportvision team also created AIRf/x(TM), which measures the vertical leap of basketball players and technology (called "MaXAir") used to measure athlete performances on ESPN's "X Games" and "Winter X Games," and the Batter Radar system that precisely calculates both pitch speed and bat speed in Major League Baseball games. Sportvision also provides consulting services for clients including the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the National Baseball Association. Sportvision's headquarters are in New York, and its development facility is in Mountain View California.
About World Triathlon Corp.
World Triathlon Corp. is owner of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship and the Ironman Triathlon trademark, which it licenses to 12 other triathlons in Europe, North America, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company is based in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The Ironman championship is the year's key event for triathlon athletes and comprises a 2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike race and 26.2 mile run. Competitors have 17 hours to finish the race, with cutoff times applied to each segment of the race. The race is based in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and includes nearly 1,500 competitors, ages 18 to 80, from 50 countries, including the United States. The race's purse is $250,000, with both the first male and female finisher receiving $35,000.
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|Date:||Oct 13, 1999|
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