SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Nitro World Games are flying back into Rice-Eccles Stadium this Saturday night.
Last year, almost 30,000 fans saw some of the biggest tricks ever performed on a motorcycle, BMX bike or a skateboard, and action sports legend Travis Pastrana promises even more gravity-defying tricks this year.
“Last year, we were focusing on making sure that this event was going to come across on TV as the biggest, the craziest event ever,” said Pastrana, founder of the Nitro World Games. “We had over 30 world’s first, tricks that had never been done at any contest anywhere in the world. We had almost double the height on the ramps, and the stuff that they’re doing is absolutely amazing. This year will be nothing short of that. We’re going to see a lot more world’s firsts than that and a lot tougher competition.”
With bigger tricks come harder landings, but Pastrana says the safety measures have been improving as well.
“One of the things I was most proud of, as big as the guys were going, as big as the ramps were, we didn’t have one single broken bone through the entire 3-hour live broadcast of all the events last year,” Pastrana said. “Hopefully the same thing happens again this year. I mean, it’s not safe. There is an inherent risk obviously, but at the end of the day, that’s a big priority for us.”
This is a once-a-year event attracts the top extreme athletes in the entire world. So why Salt Lake City?
“Salt Lake was the birthplace of Nitro Circus,” Pastrana said. “It started right outside Salt Lake City in Draper. There is so much good riding, from motorcycles, mountain biking, there are awesome BMX parks. Utah is the state of sport, and anyone that was questioning whether it was going to work or not, last year proved that this was the perfect location.”
The Nitro World Games get underway at 4:30 Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.