Bold Reinvention of Action Sports Competition
Airs During NBC Primetime July 16 from Rice-Eccles Stadium
SALT LAKE CITY – July 15, 2016 – Qualifying rounds are complete and the field is set for the inaugural Nitro World Games July 16 at Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium. A final qualifying round on Friday determined the eight highest scoring riders from FMX, BMX and Skate who will advance to compete in the main event on Saturday. Nitro World Games is a bold reinvention of the action sports competition and will feature the best in extreme and action sports’ most exciting disciplines including FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and inline. FMX legend and Nitro Circus co-creator Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus CEO Mike Porra co-founded the Nitro World Games.
“A huge congrats to everyone who made it to the final stage,” says Pastrana. “The best of the best have been determined and we’re so excited for them to participate in this world championship event.” Nitro World Games is a revolutionary competition featuring more than 100 of the world’s best athletes on all new ramp designs with the newest technology. “Nitro World Games is three non-stop hours of the craziest tricks and jumps you’ve ever seen,” says Porra. “Athletes are competing for the ultimate title of world’s best.”
A list of finalists includes:
FMX Best Trick: Presented by Monster Energy
|Harry Bink (AUS)||Gregg Duffy (USA)||Taka Higashino (JPN)||Josh Sheehan (AUS)|
|Jackson Strong (AUS)||William Van den Putte (BEL)||Pat Bowden (AUS)||Marc Piñyol (ESP)|
FMX: Presented by Valvoline
|Rob Adelberg (AUS)||Harry Bink (AUS)||Javier Villegas (CHI)||Josh Sheehan (AUS)|
|Taka Higashino (JPN)||Adam Jones (USA)||Libor Podmol (CZE)||Levi Sherwood (NZL)|
BMX Triple Hit
|Nick Bruce (USA)||Alex Coleborn (GBR)||Logan Martin (AUS)||Pat Casey (USA)|
|Daniel Sandoval (USA)||Brandon Loupos (AUS)||Colton Satterfield (USA)||Colton Walker (USA)|
BMX Best Tricks: Presented by Be The Match
|Gavin Godfrey (USA)||James Foster (USA)||Colton Satterfield (USA)||Jaie Toohey (AUS)|
|Andy Buckworth (AUS)||Ryan Williams (AUS)||Kurtis Downs (USA)||Brandon Schmidt (USA)|
Skate Best Tricks
|Mitchie Brusco (USA)||Evan Doherty (USA)||Clay Kreiner (USA)||Trey Wood (USA)|
|Beaver Fleming (USA)||Rony Gomes (BRA)||Italo Penarrubia (BRA)||Elliot Sloan (USA)|
The following athletes did not have to qualify. They received a direct invitation to the Nitro World Games:
|Inline Best Tricks||Scooter Best Tricks|
|Roman Abrate (FRA)||Jordan Clark (UK)|
|Chris Haffey (USA)||Corey Funk (USA)|
|Dave Lang (USA)||Capron Funk (USA)|
|Wake Schepman (USA)||Dakota Schuetz (USA)|
|CJ Wellsmore (AUS)||Ryan Williams (AUS)|
Nitro World Games sponsors include Monster Energy (the official energy drink), Be The Match, Valvoline (the official oil and lubricants), Oberto Beef Jerky, Maxxis Tires and Vivid Seats.
Media and on-site activation partners include Super ATV, Dynacraft, Diehard Tires, Mothers Waxes and Polishes, Nerf Rivals, Dollar Shave Club, Hexbug, KT Tape and Active Rideshop.
Nitro World Games is a marquee destination event airing during primetime in the U.S. on NBC. Limited tickets are still available for fans who want to experience the excitement in person. The Nitro Club VIP package is the next best thing to an all access pass at $79 per person (plus applicable service fees). These exclusive passes include the best seats in the house as well as a pre-event track walk. Nitro Club pass holders will also receive a souvenir lanyard.
For new updates, athlete qualification announcements and more about the #NitroWorldGames go to nitroworldgames.com. Fans can also follow Nitro Circus on Twitter:@nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus
About Nitro Circus:
Named #22 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of, “America’s Most Promising Companies,” Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the world’s leading youth action sports & entertainment brand. From humble beginnings in 2003 – with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and soon to be action sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage — to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity. In 2012, Nitro Circus: The Movie, featuring cast members from the hit television series, was released in cinemas worldwide. In 2015, Nitro Circus announced a partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. The multi-year strategic alliance will feature TV specials and series programming airing nationally in the U.S. on NBC and NBCSN as well as streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.
The TV show was transformed by action sports industry guru, now current CEO, Michael Porra into a must-see live event in 2010, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek six years ago, the show has travelled the globe, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away over two million fans and sold out shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, the Middle East and South Africa. After close to 100 shows globally in 2015 and with a packed 2016 touring schedule ahead, Nitro Circus is the world’s most successful action sports touring brand.
About the Utah Sports Commission:
The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit, 501c3 charitable organization created to foster national and international amateur sports competitions to be held in the state of Utah, which will enhance the quality of life of all Utah citizens and strengthen Utah’s presence in the worldwide sports community.
** Note that IndustryOutsider will be covering the games tomorrow. You can check out our Instagram feed for some pics from qualifying today **