Nitro World Games to Fire in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Nitro World Games Coming To Salt Lake City

The inaugural Nitro World Games will hit Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, July, 16.

What is it?

Picture Nitro Circus meets the X-Games! Travis Pastrana will look to exceed the limitations placed between man and machine once more as the world’s greatest freestyle athletes converge under one roof.

A range of disciplines and formats will be used to test even the most accomplished athletes in Freestyle Motocross, BMX, Skateboard and Scooter. Seven Gold Medal Finals will be held on July 16th to showcase the best of the best to a global audience.

“Action sports is about progression, pushing the envelope to go bigger, faster and farther than ever before,” said Pastrana. “When it comes to competition, I expect to see the best of the best going head to head, attempting tricks no one has ever seen before. With the Nitro World Games, we wanted to create an event that has raised the bar and took action sports to the next level.”


The Athletes

Over 100 of the world’s greatest sports entertainers are set to compete at the games, spanning the varying disciplines.

Many top athletes have already been selected to progress straight through to the semi-finals on July 15th. A list of the announced athletes can be seen below:


Rob Adelberg
Taka Higashino
Adam Jones
Maikel Melero
Clinton Moore
Libor Podmol
David Rinaldo
Josh Sheehan
Levi Sherwood
Dany Torres

BMX Triple Hit

Nick Bruce
Pat Casey
Kurtis Downs
James Foster
Logan Martin
Daniel Sandoval
Colton Satterfield
Ben Voyles
Colton Walker
Zack Warden

BMX Best Tricks

Pat Casey
Kurtis Downs
James Foster
Brandon Loupos
Todd Meyn
Colton Satterfield
Jaie Toohey
Zack Warden
Matty Whyatt
Ryan Williams

Skate Best Tricks

Marcelo Bastos
Jake Brown
Mitchie Brusco
Evan Doherty
Jagger Eaton
Rony Gomes
Beaver Fleming
Clay Kreiner
Andy Macdonald
Italo Penarrubia
Edgard Pereira
Jono Schwan
Elliot Sloan
Trey Wood

Inline Best Trick

Roman Abrate
Chris Haffey
Dave Lang
Wake Shepman
CJ Wellsmore
Scooter Best Trick
Jordan Clark
Corey Funk
Capron Funk
Dakota Schuetz
Ryan Williams

The stadium layout will provide for some epic action

 The Broadcast

In a special treat for action sports fans, skateboarding royalty Tony Hawk will help host the event alongside Pastrana and Olympic snowboarder Todd Richards.

“Words can’t describe how excited I am to have Todd and Tony host the Nitro World Games,” said Pastrana. “Todd is an amazing snowboarder and has been a great ambassador for action sports. To have a passionate and knowledgeable action sports athlete who has experience hosting his own TV show in the past is exactly the personality the World Games was hoping for.”

The Nitro World Games will be aired live on the NBC in America at 8:00pm. For Australian fans you can catch a live stream of the event at Dirt Action 12:00pm on Sunday July 17th.

BMX star Todd Meyn gets upside down

Salt Lake City

With a population of nearly 200,000 people, the capital city of Utah has a large following towards action sports. The area has a colossal outdoor recreation tourism industry highlighted by its grant to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. Rice-Eccles Stadium which will host the Nitro World Games was actually used as the main stadium for the Olympics and showcased both the opening and closing ceremonies. Other notable performances at the stadium include concerts by the Rolling Stones and U2.

On a domestic level, Salt Lake City is home to the Utah Jazz NBA team and the Major League Soccer franchise Real Salt Lake. Rice-Eccles Stadium has also played host to a number of AMA Supercross Championship rounds since 2003.

What to Expect

There is no doubt that the Nitro World Games will be a viewing spectacle like no other. I strongly recommend you catch the live stream and see the world’s best go toe to toe in a format never seen before. Travis Pastrana is a genius when it comes to live action events and the Games is set to push the envelope of freestyle sports once more. With a global audience expected, the athletes will be out to give it their all as they aim to become maiden winners of the event which with an expected success will surely run for many years to come.


Photos by Nitro Circus

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Hayden Gregory

Hayden Gregory is a motocross reporter for Dirt Action Magazine from Sydney Australia. He loves the thrills, spills and energy involved with all things moto.


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