The first competitors have been announced for the second Nitro World Games returning to Utah on June 24, 2017.
The 2016 winners in FMX Best Trick, FMX, BMX Triple Hit, and Skate Best Trick are invited straight through to the 2017 finals once again being broadcast in Primetime on NBC.
“We pride ourselves on having the most open qualifying format possible for Nitro World Games, but everyone wants a shot at the champion,” said Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games Co-Creator in a press release. “With the level of competition constantly rising, we want to reward those who risked it all to take the trophy the previous year by inviting them to go directly to the finals. It also gives riders who make it to the top of the podium the opportunity to promote their sponsors in the finals the following year, in front of a packed house and live on NBC.”
The following athletes are now invited to the 2017 Nitro World Games finals:
Gregg Duffy (2016 FMX Best Trick Winner): The Annapolis, Maryland-based motocross racer stunned the world last year, winning his first ever FMX event in epic fashion by stomping the extremely dangerous double front flip on a motorbike (the first time the trick had even been attempted in competition, let alone landed).
Levi Sherwood (2016 FMX Winner): The New Zealand rider (and three-time X Games medalist) faced a packed field, including Josh Sheehan, Adam Jones, Taka Higashino and more. But, Sherwood put on a master class in technical precision and maximum extension to prevail.
Ryan Williams (2016 BMX Best Tricks Winner): Considered by Travis Pastrana to be among the best athletes in all of action sports, Australia’s “R Willy” seized first place in, remarkably, his second discipline. The self-taught BMX prodigy, who shattered the “child’s toy” perception of scooters, withstood a barrage of world firsts in arguably Nitro World Games’ most heated contest. But Williams brought down the house with a massive 1080 front flip that, in one online post alone, has received 44 million views to date.
Colton Walker (2016 BMX Triple Hit Winner): The up and coming South Bend, Indiana native advanced through qualifying to win the action-packed final, reinforcing that he is one of the best new athletes in BMX today.
Elliot Sloan (2016 Skate Best Trick Winner): An eight-time X Games medalist, Vista, California’s Elliot Sloan showed off his exceptional skills by hitting the all-new Nitro World Games Giganta ramp and topping the leader board.
For fans looking to witness action sports history in person, there are a variety of Nitro World Games ticket options to choose from. Tickets start at $19 each while Nitro Club VIP tickets – the best seats in the house plus a special VIP experience – are $79 each (all ticket prices plus applicable service fees).
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