Client Nitro Circus has a big announcement today for its inaugural Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City July 16!
Olympic snowboarder and extremely popular television commentator Todd Richards has been named the host and skate icon Tony Hawk and FMX legend Travis Pastrana will co-host.
The games will air on NBC Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT from Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Richards has been a prominent figure in snowboarding and the wider action sports community for over two decades. A seven-time X Games medalist, World Snowboarding Champion and Olympian, Richards is also a rising media star, equally at home in the broadcast booth as he is on the medal stand.
With over 30 X Games medals between them, Hawk and Pastrana have redefined their disciplines, breaking landmark records, such as Hawk’s seminal 900 and Pastrana’s groundbreaking double backflip, previously thought insurmountable. Their achievements have blown away millions of fans and made action sports part of the pop culture conversation. Now Richards, Hawk and Pastrana will share their insights and experience with viewers during this action-packed three-hour event.
After opening the telecast, Pastrana will move to the stadium floor to give commentary from the thick of the action throughout the event. Hawk will offer his incomparable knowledge and perspective during Skate Best Tricks. Cameron Steele, a champion motorcycle and trophy truck athlete, will deliver play by play during the FMX competitions with Andy Bell, a former professional FMX and supercross rider providing analysis. Veteran TV personality Jimmy Coleman, who has covered action sports for more than a decade, will present the play by play for BMX while accomplished BMX athlete TJ Lavin will offer analysis. Laurette Nicoll, a very experienced host, reporter and announcer, will bring compelling athlete interviews to viewers.
A bold reinvention of action sports competition, the Nitro World Games will feature the best action sports athletes in the world in the category’s most exciting disciplines including FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and inline. The initial list of athletes going to the semi-final round includes top riders such as 2016 X Games FMX medalists Josh Sheehan, Clinton Moore and Rob Adelberg, BMX riders Pat Casey, James Foster and Colton Satterfield, plus skate stars Elliot Sloan, Jake Brown and Mitchie Brusco, with additional competitors to be announced.