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Dropping In-Nitro World Games

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July 17, 2016
Leigh Roche

Nitro World Games


The first Nitro World Games, a multi-discipline international action sports event, kept the action coming in July in an incredible way!
Nitro World Games injected serious adrenaline back into action sports competitions, exciting the core fans and new viewers of action sports.

Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director, Michael Porra along with action sports icon Travis Pastrana, created a competition featuring some of the best athletes in seven of the most popular action sports events to “reinvigorate the world of action sports.” Nitro World Games  (NWG) was a three-hour event, held at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake CIty, Utah, USA and broadcast live in the US on NBC television.   NWG will no doubt make the excitement of action sports more accessible to a wider audience globally, with the potential to be an action sports Olympics.

An additional plus about the Nitro World Games was the inclusion of the defunct X Games discipline, inline skating. I remember watching the very first X Games way back in 1995, being stoked about such a forum for action sports and knowing something historic was happening-- and the NWG definitely evoked similar feelings. Hopefully NWG will continue as an annual event that grows and showcases the constant progression of these sports, which are both athleticism and artforms.

Highlights include record-breaking mind-blowing tricks, including triple backflips landed by six out of eight athletes in BMX Best Tricks, BMX Best Trick winner Ryan Williams’ heart-stopping, breathtaking nothing front bikeflip and his 1080 frontflip, and Gregg Duffy’s huge double front flip in FMX Best Trick. 

Nitro World Games 2016 Results

Nitro World Games Skateboard Best Tricks

  1. Elliot Sloan
  2. Clay Kreiner
  3. Trey Wood

Nitro World Games FMX Best Trick

  1. Gregg Duffy
  2. Pat Bowden
  3. Josh Sheehan

Nitro World Games FMX

  1. Levi Sherwood  
  2. Josh Sheehan
  3. Taka Higashino

Nitro World Games BMX Best Tricks

  1. Ryan Williams
  2. Kurtis Downs
  3. Gavin Godfrey

Nitro World Games BMX Triple Hit

  1. Colton Walker
  2. Logan Martin
  3. Alex Coleborn

Nitro World Games Inline Best Tricks

  1. Chris Haffey
  2. Roman Abrate
  3. Dave Lang

Nitro World Games Scooter Best Tricks

  1. Capron Funk
  2. Jordan Clark
  3. Corey Funk

U.S. Sports Editor

Leigh Roche

Leigh is a U.S. writer based in Pittsburgh. She is a sports columnist for
NewsPronto and Business Daily Media / Rogers Digital Media. She created and wrote the action sports vertical  for International News Magazine, and is an On the Blog contributor for Huffington Post, where she writes about mindful living.

She has written freelance and in-house non-fiction for print, online, and for educational purposes - news articles and editorial, website and blog content- and she has expertise in various social media platforms.

Leigh is a long-time student of yoga and mindfulness meditation, and she brings this to her writing as well as her work with kids and business clients. Her background includes experience as an educator/art educator and she provides therapeutic support to kids on the autism spectrum.

She began skateboarding in the 70s and still enjoys doing that occasionally, as well as riding her bike. An unabashed fan of skateboarding and BMX for many years, Leigh brings an historical perspective, knowledge, and love of action sports to her writing.  

“Action sports are where adrenaline, art, architecture, the outdoors, energy, visual media and music, as well as movement and meditation intersect;  they are global constantly evolving art forms.”

- Leigh Roche

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