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I’m pretty excited about the 2017 Nitro World Games. This awesome event pits athletes from around the world, yet it’s practically in our backyard. Since it’s local for us, we were fortunate enough to attend the 2016 debut. And we’re looking forward to watching some of the finest extreme athletes go even bigger this year.
NITRO WORLD GAMES FMX WILD CARDS ANNOUNCED: Adam Jones and Libor Podmol Invited to Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA -With the 2017 Nitro World Games FMX qualifiers done and dusted, the FMX semifinals roster is beginning to take shape. Defending champion Levi Sherwood has some stiff competition this year, all of whom are looking to steal the top spot. Judging by the talent heading into semifinals, it‘s anyone‘s game. This year‘s Freestyle Motocross event will task riders with proving they are well rounded and versatile FMX athletes. Each competitor will be required to attempt eight tricks in succession, in eight designated categories, all during a single run. The rider who receives the highest cumulative score in the final round will be the winner of the event and crowned FMX champion.
To add a little fire to the mix, event organizers now have awarded two athletes Wild Card invitations to compete at this year‘s Nitro World Games. Veteran Adam Jones, who was a favored contender last year yet narrowly missed making the podium, now has a chance at redemption. High-flying and tenacious Libor Podmol will join him in the semifinal round.
Freestyle Motocross Athletes
Invited Directly to 2017 Finals: Levi Sherwood (NZL)
Invited Directly to 2017 Semifinals: Josh Sheehan (AUS), Taka Higashino (JPN), Clinton Moore (AUS), Harry Bink (AUS), Maikel Melero (ESP), Javier Villegas (CHI), Fred Kyrillos (BRA), Steve Mini (AUS), Leo Fini (ITA), Davide Rossi (ITA), Blake “Bilko” Williams (AUS), Cal Vallone (USA), Anthony Murray (USA), Adam Jones (USA), and Libor Podmol (CZ).
About Nitro World Games:
Created by Nitro Circus Executive Chairman and Global Head of Creative Mike Porra with action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games pushes the limits of action sports competition. Featuring new big air formats, breakthrough ramp technology and innovative judging criteria, Nitro World Games shifted the landscape for both athletes and the industry alike in its 2016 debut. Over 25,000 people saw it all go down in Rice-Eccles Stadium, while viewer numbers for NBC‘s live primetime broadcast surpassed all expectations and Nitro Circus’ global livestream reached a hungry audience worldwide.
Nitro World Games 2017 continues Nitro Circus‘ multi-year partnership with NBC Sports Ventures, combining NBC‘s broadcasting excellence with Nitro Circus‘ authority as an action sports leader. NBC Sports will present three hours of Nitro World Games coverage airing in primetime on NBC in the United States. Details on how fans outside of the U.S. and Canada can watch Nitro World Games will be announced soon.
Nitro World Games 2017 sponsors include Be The Match, Valvoline, DuPont Kevlar, Oberto, Slingshot and Vivid Seats.
About Nitro Circus:
Nitro Circus, the world‘s biggest action sports entertainment brand, creates electrifying live events and unbelievable original content that at once exhilarates, captivates and inspires thrill-seeking fans worldwide. Co-founded by global superstar Travis Pastrana in 2003, Nitro Circus has since grown into a multiplatform phenomenon producing hit television shows, critically acclaimed documentaries and innovative digital offerings. That success gave rise to the Nitro Circus Live tour. Created in 2010 by action sports industry guru – now Nitro Circus‘ Executive Chairman and Global Head of Creative – Michael Porra, Nitro Circus Live has travelled the globe, playing to sold-out stadiums on five continents. The company introduced an innovative breakthrough in 2016 with the debut of Nitro World Games, completely rebooting action sports competition in the process. With over three million tickets sold to date, television programming that has aired in over 60 countries, more than 20 million engaged fans across its social media platforms and a burgeoning consumer products business, Nitro Circus is at the forefront of action sports and entertainment. For more information visit www.nitrocircus.com.
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.