'Anything to Win,' GSN's First Weekly Documentary Series Premieres January 10 With a Special Two-Hour Episode Focused on Rosie Ruiz and The Boston Marathon
Ruiz Gives Her First On-Camera Interview Since the 1980 Scandal
Upcoming Episodes Will Highlight Johnnie Cochran, Tonya Harding and Arnold
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 15 -- Throughout the history of
human competition, people have gone to great lengths for the glory and
prestige of victory. GSN, the network for games, will tell stories of
individuals' often-unbelievable attempts to win in a signature weekly
hour-long documentary series, ANYTHING TO WIN. ANYTHING TO WIN premieres
Tuesday, January 10 at 9:00 PM ET/PT with a special two-hour episode on Rosie
Ruiz and the Boston Marathon Scandal.
ANYTHING TO WIN will spotlight those who have pushed the limits -- some to
success, others to failure. The topics will run the gamut: from Bobby
Fischer, the greatest chess player of his generation, to Arnold Schwarzenegger
and Johnnie Cochran, men who rose from humble beginnings to reset the
standards for achievement in their respective fields. ANYTHING TO WIN will
also tell the tales of competitions gone awry, such as the Tonya Harding saga,
or outright cheating such as the Pennsylvania Lottery Scandal.
The first topic to be presented in the series is the story of Rosie Ruiz,
a 26-year-old New Yorker who was the first woman to cross the finish line in
the Boston Marathon in 1980, a year of great significance for the Marathon as
the U.S. was boycotting the Moscow Olympics because of the Soviet invasion of
Afghanistan. Minutes after her victory where "she came out of nowhere," race
officials questioned her record-setting finish time for several reasons, not
the least of which was the fact that her presence had not been noted at any of
the race's official checkpoints. Days later, Ruiz was stripped of her title
and Jacqueline Gareau was declared the winner.
For the first time since 1980, Ruiz gives an on-camera interview
exclusively on ANYTHING TO WIN and tells the world her side of the story.
Also interviewed are Gareau, men's winner Bill Rodgers, race officials and
reporters who broke the unbelievable story more than two decades ago.
ANYTHING TO WIN will feature 13 episodes or documentaries, produced by
Creative Differences and Asylum Entertainment. Erik Nelson, Dave Harding and
Frank Sinton serve as executive producers. Nelson and Harding, the team
behind BIG BUCKS: THE PRESS YOUR LUCK SCANDAL, GSN's first and highly
successful documentary special, have produced more than 400 hours of
programming for 12 different networks. Recently, Nelson also produced his
first theatrical documentary, Werner Herzog's critically acclaimed "Grizzly
Man." Asylum Entertainment, founded in 2000, created the 10-time Emmy
nominated series "Beyond the Glory" and the Emmy nominated series "Fearless."
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated
to game-related programming. The network features game shows, reality series,
documentaries and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN
has allowed viewers to play-along with on-air programming via their computers
and GSN.com since 2002. Reaching more than 57 million Nielsen homes, GSN is
distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite
providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and
Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press
website at corp.gsn.com.
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