Eight more BMX Best Tricks semifinalists are bound for Salt Lake City, where they'll vie for a spot in the Nitro World Games finals. The eight who earned a spot in the semifinals, in finishing order, are: James Foster, Zack Warden, TJ Ellis, Dawid Godziek, Jacob Bailey, Robin Davis, Brandon Loupos, and Vince Byron.
Nitro World Games qualifying shifted to BMX Best Tricks on Wednesday. Eight slots in the semifinal round were at stake and, potentially, a chance to compete in the finals at Rice-Eccles Stadium – and on NBC in primetime - on Saturday, June 24. James Foster took first place after sending it with a double backflip no-hander on his first run then later stomped a textbook triple backflip for his third. Foster almost nailed an insane backflip triple barspin on his final run, incredibly by over-spinning his handle bars four and a half times (undeterred, he attempted the trick again, and landed it, after the competition) Zack Warden sealed second place with a rarely seen bikeflip backflip to late tailwhip (which he later called, “my unicorn of a trick”). TJ Ellis never dipped below third after
Nitro World Games qualifying doubled down on Tuesday, with both FMX and BMX Triple Hit competitions happening simultaneously. The BMX Triple Hit contest pitted over 25 riders from around the world, all vying for just eight slots in the semifinal round and a chance to advance to the finals on Saturday, June 24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Riding on his birthday, Nick Bruce certainly had something to celebrate on Tuesday. He came out of the gate strong, scoring an 8.94 and stomping a perfect landing on his first run. Bruce wowed the judges even more on his second, and would never relinquish his lead. Irek Rizaev also sent it on his first run, serving notice with a masterful display that shot him into second place. Rounding out the top three finishers, Kenneth Tencio also quickly got the
Eight BMX athletes (included in the list below) made the cut at Nitro World Games Qualifiers in Perris, Calif. They will now advance to the Nitro World Games Semifinals which will take place at Salt Lake City’s Rice Eccles Stadium on Friday, June 23 in hopes of a chance to compete in the Finals on Saturday, June 24! These eight athletes will be joining the top three podium winners from last year’s event – Colton Walker, Logan Martin and Alex Coleborn.
Nitro Circus Live Pre-qualifying results:
1. Nick Bruce (USA) 2. Irek Rizaev (RUS) 3. Kenneth Tencio (CRC) 4. Daniel Sandoval (USA) 5. Colton Satterfield (USA) 6. Dawid Godziek (POL) 7. Marcus Christopher (USA) 8. Andy Buckworth (AUS)
As preparations for the 2017 Nitro World Games get underway, a second wave of athletes has been added to the ground breaking action sports competition, airing in primetime on NBC from Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, June 24. The 2016 second and third place finishers in FMX, BMX Best Tricks, BMX Triple Hit and Skate Best Trick are invited to the Nitro World Games semifinals (taking place on Friday, June 23, also at Rice-Eccles Stadium). Earning a place on the podium last year now gives them the opportunity to skip qualifying and advance directly to the semifinals, just one step away from the epic final round. Only the top eight athletes in each discipline will then advance
The best athletes in action sports now will have the chance to defend their Nitro World Games titles. The 2016 winners in FMX Best Trick, FMX, BMX Best Tricks, BMX Triple Hit and Skate Best Trick are invited straight to the 2017 finals, airing in primetime on NBC from Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, June 24.
Travis Pastrana, action sports icon and Nitro World Games co-creator said:
“We pride ourselves on having the most open qualifying format possible for Nitro World Games, but everyone wants a shot at the champion! With the level of competition constantly rising, we want to