Nitro World Games Thrills National Audience in NBC Primetime Debut

FMX Athlete Gregg Duffy executes world's first double front flip and Ryan Williams dominates BMX

FMX legend and Nitro Circus ringleader Travis Pastrana promised his inaugural Nitro World Games would break new boundaries, progressing action sports to an unprecedented level. He did not disappoint television viewers or the more than 25,000 fans in attendance at Rice-Eccles Stadium who witnessed four hours of non-stop thrills and surprises never before seen in an action sports competition. An all-star lineup featuring Olympic snowboarder Todd Richards, skate legend Tony Hawk and Pastrana co-hosted the nationally televised, NBC primetime broadcast and within minutes, #NitroWorldGames was trending on social media.

Nitro World Games Stadium
The Nitro World Games stadium was filled with fans all ready to see the excited tricks from the all-star athletes.Photo Courtesy of Nitro World Games

“I was absolutely floored to see the exceptional creativity from these action sports stars and future legends. They proved without a doubt that they are the world’s best,” says Pastrana.

More than 100 FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and inline athletes flocked to Salt Lake City to compete in Nitro Circus’ bold reinvention of the action sports competition co-founded by Pastrana and Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director Mike Porra.

Ryan Williams, BMX Best Tricks, Nitro World Games
Ryan Williams won the BMX Best Tricks with a mind-blowing 1080 front flip.Photo Courtesy of Nitro World Games

The United States’ Gregg Duffy took the top spot with the first successful double front flip in competitive FMX history and Australia’s scooter-turned-BMX athlete Ryan Williams stole first place and the hearts of social media and action sports fans everywhere. “This is the biggest win of my life. It’s crazy. It’s insane. I’m so pumped,” says Williams who is also a regular in the Nitro Circus Live global tour.

“We are so proud of these incredibly skilled athletes who had fans roaring with approval. They made history tonight,” says Porra. Athletes competed in seven events on a massive layout stretched across the stadium floor and into various sections of the stands.

Gregg Duffy, FMX Best Trick, Nitro World Games
FMX Athlete Gregg Duffy executed the world's first double front flip in a professional competition and won the FMX Best Trick.Photo Courtesy of Nitro World Games

FMX Best Trick: Presented by Monster Energy
1. Gregg Duffy (USA)
2. Pat Bowden (AUS)
3. Josh Sheehan (AUS)

FMX: Presented by Valvoline
1. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
2. Josh Sheehan (AUS)
3. Taka Higashino (JPN)

BMX Triple Hit
1. Colton Walker (USA)
2. Logan Martin (AUS)
3. Alex Coleborn (GBR)

BMX Best Tricks: Presented by Be The Match
1. Ryan Williams (AUS)
2. Kurtis Downs (USA)
3. Gavin Godfrey (USA)

Skate Best Tricks
1. Elliot Sloan (USA)
2. Clay Kreiner (USA)
3. Trey Wood (USA)

Inline Best Tricks
1. Chris Haffey (USA)
2. Roman Abrate (FRA)
3. Dave Lang (USA)

Scooter Best Tricks
1. Capron Funk (USA)
2. Jordan Clark (UK)
3. Corey Funk (USA)