Memorial Day is a solemn occasion, a time set aside to reflect and give thanks for those men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. It is also day used to recognize and appreciate those serving in our military today, and it is the spirit of their bravery, dedication and sacrifice that FOX Sports 1 presents a pair of military-themed specials on Memorial Day evening, B.R.C. 2014: BEST RANGER and a GOLDEN BOY LIVE! title fight.
While many of us are aware of, but don’t truly understand, the training, both physical and mental, learned by our soldiers, FOX Sports 1 provides a peek into a world only seen by a few in a one-hour special titled B.R.C. 2014: BEST RANGER, airing Monday, May 26 (8:00 PM ET). The one-hour jaw-dropping documentary helps cap off FOX Sports 1’s “10 Days of Thunder,” and serves as a prelude to Golden Boy Live! boxing, live from Fort Bliss in El Paso.
For the first time in history, FOX Sports 1 cameras deliver an all-access program chronicling the U.S. Military’s Best Ranger Competition, one of the most intense endurance events ever seen. Shot over a three-day period and stretching into nearly 60 hours of competition, Soldiers are put through never-before-seen obstacles and extreme tests of mental and physical strength. Beginning with 50 teams made up of two men each, B.R.C. 2014: BEST RANGER, awards the greatest duo once all is said and done.
“This special shows exactly why the US Army Rangers lead the way. It’s a true testament to how tough and well trained they are,” said FOX Sports 1 Originals VP, Michael Bloom. “Fifty teams, three days, one winner. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s been a great honor to bring their story to FOX Sports 1.”
In one of many tests, the Rangers must complete the “stress shoot,” an environment very similar to what Soldiers face regularly in combat. Immediately following a four-mile buddy run, Soldiers must drag a 150-pound dummy across multiple ranges designed to test shooting skills. The “stress shoot” features the M9 Pistol and M4 Rifle. Targets vary from two meters to 50 meters with Rangers given only five minutes to complete the course. (Source: FOX Sports)