Tampa, Fla. (Nov. 22, 2022) – The documentary special about the historic VinFast IRONMAN 2022® World Championship Triathlon will premiere Sunday, November 27 at 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST on NBC. The IRONMAN World Championships special will chronicle the culmination of triathlon, which returned to Kailua-Kona and the island of Hawaii for the first time in three years due to the pandemic.

The documentary special also highlights the iconic long-distance event’s shift to a two-day format for the first time in history, featuring focused female and male races and more opportunities to tell inspiring stories from professional and age-group athletes at the prestigious triathlon, which took place on October 6th and 8th, 2022. The documentary special will also be available worldwide on the IRONMAN YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ironmantriathlon after its airing on NBC.

Since its inception in 1978, the IRONMAN World Championship Triathlon has not only showcased the unrivaled physical ability and enduring drive of the world’s top endurance athletes, but also some of the most inspiring and impactful stories about endurance and resilience in this age group of athletes and everyday people who compete with take them to competitions.

Feature Stories for the 2022 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship Special include:

  • Just 18 months after the birth of her daughter, professional triathlete Chelsea Sodaro aims to become the first American to win the IRONMAN World Championship in over 25 years.
  • Two young Norwegians at the forefront of the sport, Olympic champions and reigning IRONMAN world champions Christian Blumenfelt and IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Gustav Identfight for dominance in the World Championship in their first appearances in Hawaii.
  • Experienced professional Tim O’Donnell returns to the top of the competition just 15 months after suffering a heart attack
  • Chris Nickic A 22-year-old who made history by becoming the first person with Down Syndrome to complete a full distance IRONMAN triathlon in November 2020 wants to spread his message to others to get 1% better every day in every aspect of life . Chris, along with his guide, fellow triathlete and friend Dan Grieb, takes on his next big challenge to finish the legendary IRONMAN World Championship race in Kona.
  • After numerous performances and 13 age group titles over the years, Cherie Grunfeld appears to be rising to the top as the oldest female athlete to ever finish the IRONMAN World Championship, proving that age really is just a number.
  • Seriously injured in the 2016 Brussels bombing, former professional basketball player for the Belgium national team Sebastian Bellinshares his journey from victim to survivor and overcomes his new physical ailments by completing triathlon’s greatest test.
  • “Great” Sam Holness continues his footsteps as the world’s first openly autistic endurance athlete to compete in the legendary IRONMAN World Championship, just a month after becoming the first person with autism to complete a full-distance triathlon at the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt.
  • Australian Paralympic triathlon silver medalist Lauren Parker competes in her third World Championship event in just over a year and returns to Hawaii to compete in the IRONMAN World Championship for the first time since a bike accident that paralyzed her at the peak of her career.
  • Special team for mother and daughter Beth & Lisa Jamesaka Team Liza, who 16 years ago were in a serious car accident where Liza suffered a traumatic brain injury, return to Kona to make IRONMAN history by becoming the first mother-daughter special team duo to conquer the legendary IRONMAN World complete championship in triathlon.

The documentary film about the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship 2022 was shot with nine handheld cameras and two underwater cameras. Five drones, two helicopters and the Qatar Airways FlyCam provided aerial surveillance. All of the almost 20 cameras captured the magic of the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship Triathlon and offered spectators a front row seat at the culmination of the triathlon. The VinFast IRONMAN World Championship 2022 documentary was shot and produced by the IRONMAN Group production team.

Since the first IRONMAN World Championship documentary special in 1991, the show has received 68 Sports Emmy nominations and 16 Sports Emmy Award wins.

For more information on the IRONMAN World Championship, visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship. For more information about the IRONMAN brand and global series of events, visit www.ironman.com. Media can get in touch press@ironman.com.


About the IRONMAN World Championship
Since its inception in 1978 on the island of O’ahu, the IRONMAN World Championship has written its name in history through excellence, inspirational competitors and emotional memories. In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikīkī to the barren lava fields of Kona on the island of Hawaii, where it continues to this day. The world’s most legendary one-day sporting event is the culmination of 40 global IRONMAN events with over 94,000 athletes around the world competing for a coveted qualifying spot. The 2021 edition of the event was held in St. George, Utah in May 2022, making it the first location the event has been held outside of Hawaii since its inception in 1978. After a two-year hiatus from Hawaii due to COVID , racing is returning to Kona for the first time as a two-day event in October for the 2022 edition of the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship. The 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship will continue the event in a two-day format but with a dedicated women’s race day and a dedicated men’s race day. With two days of racing, the event will host approximately 5,000 athletes as they embark on a 140.6 mile journey that will be the ultimate test of the mind, body and soul to achieve the title of IRONMAN World Champion. For more information visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship.

About the IRONMAN group
The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events, which includes IRONMAN® Triathlon series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon series, the IRONMAN®Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll®Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS® World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®MOD®World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including Absa Cape Epic® Road cycling including Haute Route®, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the world’s largest operator of mass sports, offering the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s extensive offering to more than one million participants annually. The company’s portfolio also includes FulGaz to ensure the total athlete experience®Virtual Cycling, the most realistic indoor cycling experience-connected fitness application aimed at preparing athletes for real-world events. Ever since the legendary IRONMAN was founded®brand and their first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE®by crossing finish lines around the world. Starting as a single race, the IRONMAN Group has grown into a global sensation with hundreds of events in over 55 countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private family company. For more information visitwww.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.

About Advance
Advance is a private, family-owned company that owns and invests in companies in media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to increase the long-term value of our companies by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together, these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.

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