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Sportvision's Interactive Webcast On October 14 To Provide Real-Time

Comprehensive Coverage To Fans Around the World

World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and Sportvision, Inc., the leader in sports media technology, are providing fans with immediate and comprehensive coverage of the 2000 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on Saturday, October 14.

The live webcast, found online at, will include real-time scoring data, live audio feeds with race announcers, panoramic views of the course, finish-line video and a tracking system that will let Ironman fans keep tabs on every competitor. Pre-race coverage begins Wednesday, October 10 and continues through race day on the 14th.

Sportvision's state-of-the-art Internet production, featured in six previous Ironman webcasts this year, enables real-time athlete tracking and a wealth of added features to enhance the fan's Ironman experience. Fans will be able to customize the site based on whether they have narrowband or broadband Internet access. Content will include:

-- Real-Time Tracking: All athletes will be wearing ankle-mounted timing chips that register data at eight locations over the 140.6-mile course and allow fans to keep track of every athlete in real-time.

-- Streaming Audio and Video: Sportvision produces three live television shows that will be broadcast live on the Internet and also simulcast on Hawaiian cable television. Fans can also listen to race action through the same "spotter network" that Ironman uses to run actual race operations.

-- Finish Line Cam: A finish-line photo is the most memorable souvenir for any endurance athlete, and builds on this tradition by providing an archive of finish-line video for every competitor. As a result, athletes, as well as fans, friends and family members, can re-live the experience of crossing the finish line in high-quality streaming video.

-- Statistics and Conditions: Fans can access comprehensive athlete and event statistics such as speed, distance traveled and records broken, as well as atmospheric conditions like wind speed, humidity and temperature. The site also provides biographical information for every Ironman competitor.

-- Web Cams: In addition to video, web cams will provide fans with continuously refreshed photo images from various points on the racecourse.

-- Athlete Greetings: Every racer will be able to post their picture online as well as record an audio greeting from Hawaii that their family members and friends can play back home.

-- E-Postcards: Ironman fans will be able to e-mail custom postcards to each other with imagery from Hawaii.

"It is impossible to cover a 17-hour event live on television, but the Internet enables Ironman fans to enjoy real-time coverage," observed Lew Friedland, president of WTC. "Fans can log on to and either remain online throughout the race or catch up on the progress of their favorite triathlete at various times during the day."

"Our live webcast on is in many ways a glimpse into the future of sports media coverage," said Bill Squadron, CEO of Sportvision. "We strive to incorporate the best features of television and the Internet into a truly interactive media experience for sports fans."

Dan Cooke, a Hawaii television news anchor who has covered the event for more than 10 years, will host the webcast. Cooke will interview celebrities, athletes and fans, as well as accept questions from fans via e-mail and in live chat rooms. Greg Welch, 1994 Ironman men's champion and Karen Smyers, the 1995 Ironman women's champion, will be providing race day analysis and conducting interviews with athletes in the days leading up to the event.

The technical infrastructure for delivering the streaming audio and video elements is being provided by iBEAM Broadcasting(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: IBEM), the leading global streaming media network. iBEAM has already provided services for a number of Ironman events this year, enabling the site to deliver high-fidelity streaming media to Ironman fans, while ensuring that web visitors will be able to access even the most popular streams on race day.

"iBEAM's high-performance distribution services make broadcast quality streaming video and audio a reality for Ironman fans," says Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager of media services at iBEAM Broadcasting. "iBEAM has built a network to deliver the hottest global events on the Internet like the Ironman World Championship - even when a massive number of fans are clamoring to watch simultaneously."

In addition, iBEAM joins American Isuzu Motors and Saucony as sponsors of online coverage of the 2000 Ironman Triathlon World Championship.

The Ironman Triathlon World Championship is the world's most famous endurance event, involving 1,500 athletes in a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile marathon. Web viewers of the Sportvision-powered site will be treated to a week's worth of coverage around the race, including daily news updates, feature stories and hundreds of photographs.

For more information, contact Priscilla Fraiegari, World Triathlon Corporation, 727-942-4767, ext. 320,, or Dan Berger, Edelman PR for Sportvision, 212-704-8154,

About World Triathlon Corporation

World Triathlon Corp. is owner of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship and the Ironman Triathlon trademark, which it licenses to 14 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 triathletes comprised of 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

About Sportvision, Inc.

Sportvision is the leader in sports media technology, developing products and applications that enhance the fan's experience on television, the Internet and convergence platforms. A privately held corporation founded in 1998, Sportvision offers a suite of products, including the Emmy-winning 1st & Ten(TM) electronic first down system, that have enhanced hundreds of NFL, NBA, NHL, PGA Tour, Major League Baseball, NCAA football and basketball, Ironman Triathlon and other sporting events on-air and online. The company's "fan-centric" technology applications allow broadcasters, sports leagues, teams and Internet sites to enrich their content, while also creating new opportunities for advertisers and sponsors. Sportvision is based in New York City, with research facilities in Mt. View, CA and a sales and development office in Lawrence, KS.
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