My name is George Brown and I am a senior AVID editor on NBC's "Access Hollywood" and I ride a mountain bike. I was heartbroken to hear about famed racer Tara Llnaes who crashed and became paralyzed back in September. I wanted to help Tara so I pitched her story to my show. They said yes! Through the help of my LBS, Simi Cycling Center, I was put in touch with Giant Bicycles whom Tara rode for. It turned out that the contact at Giant was also a fellow colleague from CBS's "Day and Date", a show I worked on in the '90s. Small world? It all worked out and now it's time to share.
On Wednesday December 26th at 7:30 on KNBC Channel 4 you can see what we accomplished to help tell Tara's story to a wider audience to help her recover. The segment will be available on the web after it airs. Please tune in to Access Hollywood and see a story you would not normally see on our show. A story about a wonderful and inspirational woman who is fighting back to get onto her bike once again.
Executive Producer Rob K. Silverstein
Reported by Maria Menounos
Field Produced and Written by Buddy Singer
Co-Produced and Edited by George D. Brown III
See you all out on the trails.
George D. Brown III
Tara Llanes to be Featured on Access Hollywood Series of Inspirational Stories
Newbury Park, CA
Pro mountain bike racer and Giant for Women Ride Society leader Tara Llanes is to be featured on the television program, "Access Hollywood." The segment about Tara is scheduled to air on the nationally-syndicated television show on Wednesday December 26, 2007.
A former X-games and US National Champion and a World Cup medalist, Tara has been a fixture on the MTB racing scene for many years. She was seriously injured in a crash during the Jeep King of the Mountain finale at Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado on September 1, 2007.
Tara was airlifted to a hospital in Denver where she underwent seven hours of surgery to her damaged spinal cord. For the past two months, she's been recovering and undergoing rehabilitation therapy at the Craig Hospital in Denver.
In early December, "Access Hollywood" reporter Maria Menounos interviewed Tara about her accident and a camera crew followed her through a day of her grueling therapy. The segment about Tara will be part of a series of inspirational stories presented during Christmas week on "Access Hollywood." A list of television stations around the United States that broadcast "Access Hollywood" can be found at: http://www.accesshollywood.com/insid.../wheretowatch/
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