Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission, added, "We are proud to partner with Nitro World Games to host the world's best action sports athletes here in the state of Utah. This innovative event further positions Utah as a leader in the national and international action sports community."
The following athletes are now invited to the 2017 Nitro World Games finals:
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.
To see how these champions redefined their disciplines and took action sports to the next level, go here.
As Nitro World Games continues to push progression, it will once again feature open qualifying, making it the most inclusive competition in action sports. More athletes from around the world will be added soon with further announcements to follow.
Created by Travis Pastrana and Mike Porra, the Nitro World Games revitalized action sports in 2016, shifting the landscape for both athletes and the industry alike. 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. To date, Nitro World Games digital content has generated more than 100 million views in aggregate. With breakthrough ramp technology, new judging criteria and innovative scoring formats, this is a complete reboot of action sports competition.
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).
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, Oberto and Vivid Seats.
For more information about the #NitroWorldGames please go to nitroworldgames.com.