NBC camera crews on hand at the ’05 NPG-Promoted Washougal MX National – Rahlves’ MX footage from Washougal celebrity race to be used
WASHOUGAL, Wash., (Feb. 10, 2006) ¿ This Sunday U.S. Olympic Downhill gold medal hopeful – Honda-backed – kicks off the first of two speed events in which he’s favored to do well in at the upcoming Torino Winter Games. Rahlves’ first event, the men’s downhill – considered by many to be the premier event of the Olympics ¿ airs during NBC’s prime time Olympics coverage.
In preparing for its coverage of the Olympics, NBC sent a New York camera crew last summer to interview Rahlves at the Washougal National, Round Eight of the 2005 AMA Motocross Championship. Rahlves, an avid motocrosser who is backed by the Honda MX Ambassador program and Fox Racing, was at Washougal competing in the National Promoters Group’s (NPG) “Scott USA Pro Board Sports MX National” – highlighted by a race against a number of other pro skiers and snowboarders from that region during the intermission of Sunday’s pro program at Washougal.
“We were looking to capture some of the top Olympic athletes in an area other than where they’re competing during the Torino Games, something that showed what they enjoy doing outside their given sport ¿ be it on a mountain or at a hockey rink,” said NBC’s Scott Boggins, who produced the Rahlves biography. “The motocross race at Washougal proved to be an excellent backdrop for Daron’s interview and we look forward to hearing feedback from the motocross industry on what they thought of it.”
During part of that interview Rahlves was filmed hanging out and discussing what it’s like to be competitive on the edge, at speed, with motocross great Ricky Carmichael.
Rahlves’ bio is scheduled to air this Sunday, Feb. 12, during NBC’s coverage of the Olympic downhill event in Torino, Italy. The race ¿ depending on weather conditions ¿ is set to begin at noon (EST) and will be on NBC’s prime time coverage of the Torino Games. Tune into the up-to-the-minute Olympic coverage on www.nbcolympics.com.
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