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Top Athletes in FMX, BMX and Skate Invited Directly to the Semi-Finals Stage of the Event at the Nitro World Games

Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 15


More Riders to Battle in Pre-Qualifying For Last Semi-Final Spots


Action sports legend Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus have announced the initial list of athletes who will take part in the inaugural Nitro World Games. Coming to Salt Lake City, Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on July 16 and airing in primetime in the U.S. on NBC, the Nitro World Games will feature the best in extreme and action sports’ most exciting disciplines including FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and inline. In all, more than 100 of the most skilled riders on the planet will vie for a chance to step onto the podium.

After all of the planning and preparation, I’m so excited to announce this awesome list of athletes,” says Pastrana. “All of the guys are psyched about the event and totally committed to the progression that is at the heart of it. Fans are going to be blown away.”

To see such a deep list of riders, including all of the big names in the world from each discipline, sign on for an all-new event is unheard of,” says Michael Porra, CEO and creative director for Nitro Circus. “It speaks to the need for bold, innovative thinking in action sports competition.”

Nitro Circus assembled an independent panel of industry leaders and former elite riders who decided on the invitation list for the semi-final round in FMX, BMX and skate. In FMX, 10 athletes, including 2016 X-Games medalists Josh Sheehan, Clinton Moore and Rob Adelberg, have been invited to the semi-finals, taking place July 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium – the day before the epic Nitro World Games. In addition, more riders will battle it out in pre-qualifying events later this month for the remaining six spots in the semi-final.

In BMX Best Tricks and BMX Triple Hit, the Top 10 lists of athletes selected to go directly to the semi-finals features Pat Casey, James Foster and Colton Satterfield. More BMX athletes have also been invited to participate in pre-qualification. Out of this pool, only six more athletes in both BMX Best Tricks and in BMX Triple Hit will move on to the semi-finals to compete against the Top 10 riders in each event.

In Skate Best Tricks, 14 athletes, including Elliot Sloan, Jake Brown and Mitchie Brusco, were invited to the semi-finals. Two more riders will be selected to round out the semi-final field.

Only the eight best athletes in Skate Best Tricks, BMX Best Tricks, BMX Triple Hit and FMX will advance to the July 16 Nitro World Games.

The finalists for Scooter Best Tricks and Inline Best Tricks have also been announced. Scooter contenders include Ryan “R Willy” Williams, and the Funk Brothers: Corey and Capron Funk. The inline field includes Roman Abrate, Chris Haffey and Dave Lang. These athletes will compete in the July 16 Nitro World Games. There will be no qualifying events for these disciplines.

Nitro World Games is the next phase of Nitro Circus’ multi-year partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. NBC Sports will present three hours of coverage airing in primetime on NBC in the United States. For fans outside of the U.S. and Canada, more TV broadcast details will be announced soon (NBCUniversal International Distribution is handling the international linear and digital sales for Nitro World Games). In addition to NBC’s televised coverage, fans can also watch the July 16 final on Nitro Circus’ worldwide webcast which will be featured here on DRD.





Top 10 athletes selected to go directly to July 15 semi-finals:

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

Additional athletes invited to pre-qualifying for a chance to earn one of the last six semi-final spots



Competitors to be announced



Top 10 athletes selected to go directly to July 15 semi-finals:

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

 Additional athletes invited to pre-qualifying for a chance to earn one of the last six semi-final spots



Top 10 athletes selected to go directly to July 15 semi-finals:

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

 Additional athletes invited to pre-qualifying for a chance to earn one of the last six semi-final spots



16 athletes selected to go directly to July 15 semi-finals:

(* Riders for final two spots to be announced)

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


Invited to July 16 Nitro World Games   Invited to July 16 Nitro World Games
Roman Abrate   Jordan Clark
Chris Haffey   Corey Funk
Dave Lang   Capron Funk
Wake Shepman   Dakota Schuetz
CJ Wellsmore   Ryan Williams


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.