BroadbandSports.com Launches Pro Athlete Blogger Network

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BroadbandSports.com, the sports-only video portal, today introduces another first-of-its-kind with a blog network dedicated exclusively to sports, training and life as a pro extreme athlete. The dozen blogs will grow to over 30 in the weeks to come and eventually be open to all broadbandsports.com registered athletes. http://broadbandsports.com/athletes

BroadbandSports.com, the sports-only video portal, today introduces another first-of-its-kind with a blogger network devoted exclusively to sports, training and life as a pro extreme athlete. The network is available on at http://broadbandsports.com/athletes

The network will initially bring together a dozen blogs by pro athletes bearing names like "Tales of Endurance", "Big Mtn Hero", "Gear Junkie" and "Well Behaved Women Rarely make History".

"Blogs are starting to play a pivotal role in sports, both in getting an unfiltered account from the athletes themselves and enabling a conversation between the athlete and their fans". "This intersection between sports and culture is something we've been very interested in," notes Natasha Nowakowski, Managing Director of BroadbandSports.com and a former nationally ranked white water kayaker.

Bloggers Include:

Marla Streb, Mountain Bike Chic. After ditching a job at Scripps Research, the two time National Downhill and World Cup Champion has her eyes set on her third National Downhill title in 2006 and her third Single Speed World Championship. With her husband Mark she lives part-time on a 52-ft ketch, and plans to sail in the off-seasons to Costa Rica to build a World Class mountain bike park.

No Umbrella is the voice of Maine's freak outdoor community where a handful of kayakers and skiers publish weird and wacky news and stories of their forays into Maine's wilderness. Main-E-acks!

Alison Gannett, Well Behaved Woman (Not). Alison is one of the world's top extreme skier and winner of: Woman Freeskier of the Year, World Cup Free Skiing Champion, and 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Champion. She is one of the few women featured in ski flicks by Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions and blogs from around the globe.

Matt Hart, Tales of Endurance. Matt doesn’t know the meaning of the word moderation. Matt is a member of top-ranked adventure racing team, DART, reigning Pacific Northwest Champions. As a solo athlete Matt challenges himself with endurance mountain biking, ski mountaineering, and ultra-running events. In December Matt left his job at Microsoft to pursue his dream and race full time. He'll kick your butt, really.

Ingrid Backstrom, Big Mountain Hero. Backstrom is one of the hottest extreme skiers on the planet. In 2002, she was the only female on Powder Magazine's list of "11 Future Big Mountain Heroes." A star of Warren Miller films and winner of numerous free skiing contests. What can we say she's from Seattle.

The goal of the blogger network is to offer readers and advertisers "the largest Web-based discussion about sports, training and life as a pro athlete," said Greg Prosl, Founder of BroadbandSports.com in Seattle.

In coming weeks, BroadbandSports.com is expecting to have as many as 30 blogs on the network and in June the service will be available to any registered athlete who wishes to participate.

About BroadbandSports.com

The worlds’ first video sports portal, BroadbandSports.com was launched to create the world's largest library of participatory and action sports programming and empowering users to participate in the creation and discovery of that content.

Now covering more than 20 different sports, broadbandsports.com allows viewers to watch sports videos and lets users interact with their favorite video any time, anywhere including via iPod/iTunes, mobile phones or the desktop.

The site features a highly interactive community where enthusiasts are able to share, view and discuss their favorite sports and to rank and rate videos.

Viewers gravitate towards BroadbandSports.com because it satisfies their specific interests better and breaks through the bottlenecks of broadcast television. As the costs of production and online distribution fall, these sports finally have an efficient means to reach their audience.

On the Web - http://broadbandsports.com

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