Go Dog Go

Original Airdate: 
July 2019

Humankind has always had a desire for speed. Hold onto your hats as we ride along with land speed world record holders at Bonneville Speed Week, join Snowbird’s avalanche rescue dogs as they race against time to find trapped skiers in the backcountry, and hit the ice with Olympic long track speed skater Jerica Tandiman.

Each summer, self-proclaimed “motorheads” from around the world make the pilgrimage to a unique geologic feature in Utah’s west desert — the Bonneville International Speedway. The gathering of tricked-out hot rods and aerodynamic streamliners is one of the last remaining competitions open to both amateurs and professionals, where little if any sponsorship money is involved. Instead, racers compete for the love of the sport. Meet four Utah families — the Volks, Nishes, Youngbloods, and Burkdolls — who have left their tracks on the salt for generations.

Little Cottonwood Canyon is the birthplace of U.S. avalanche science, and at the forefront of many a snowy search & rescue operation, there’s an avalanche rescue dog. Avalanche rescue dogs play a critical role in backcountry safety, where minutes can mean the difference between life and death. We’ll meet Snowbird Ski Patroller Marguerite Van Komen and her partner Frankie the rescue dog, and see how our furry friends are working to keep Utah’s outdoor enthusiasts safe in the face of disaster.

For long track speed skater Jerica Tandiman, becoming an Olympic athlete would not have been possible had she not grown up just down the street from the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, one of the few indoor long track facilities in North America. Skating on the polished ice of the Oval has long been a daily regimen for Jerica, who has been racing since she was in elementary school. Speed skating is a grueling, physically demanding sport — but on top of her physical prowess, Jerica maintains that it was her positive attitude and outlook that took her to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

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26 minutes
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