BMX Stars James Foster and Jed Mildon Face Off in Competition to Land First Quadruple Backflip on BMX Bike
Television Special Chronicles Athletes’ Preparation and Eventual Attempt to Break World Record
Stamford, Conn. – July 1, 2015 – BMX and Nitro Circus Live stars James Foster and Jed Mildon square off to see who will be the first person to successfully land a quadruple backflip on a BMX bike, in Revolution Day: The Chase for the Biggest Trick in Action Sports History, Sunday, July 12, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The 90-minute special will chronicle the athletes’ nine- month journey as they individually trained, practiced and ultimately battled to become the world’s first athlete to complete the landmark trick.
“America is going to be blown away by James’ and Jed’s skill, courage and determination. These are two unbelievable athletes, attempting to accomplish something that most experts have said cannot be done,” said Michael Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and creative director. “This goes beyond action sports. James and Jed are laying everything on the line and overcoming their fears to try to accomplish something that’s only been dreamed about before. This is a compelling testament to human endeavor that everyone can relate to.”
In 2011, Jed “The Warrior” Mildon made history when he landed the first-ever triple backflip on a BMX bike. Nearly five years later, James Foster is the only other athlete regularly attempting the trick, which is a highlight of Nitro Circus Live’s touring show. Revolution Day: The Chase for the Biggest Trick in Action Sports History will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how Foster and Mildon individually prepared to attempt the record breaking quadruple backflip and do something that has never been accomplished before.
“With the quad, everything — from the height needed to make the necessary rotations, to the speed required to complete them — has to happen within split seconds in order to have a shot at landing safely,” said Foster.
“This is the first time that a quad flip has been attempted on anything with wheels so it’s incredibly difficult and the stakes are that much higher,” said Mildon.
The excitement of the competition is magnified further as Foster and Mildon attempt the feat at the exact same time, on opposite ends of the globe. Foster attempts the trick from Travis Pastrana’s Pastranland complex outside Annapolis, Md., and Mildon makes his run from Taupo, New Zealand.
As was previously announced, NBC Sports Ventures, a division of NBC Sports Group, and Nitro Circus formed a multi-year partnership in June. Revolution Day is the first all-new production to air as part of the agreement. In addition to television specials on NBC and NBCSN, the partnership will also include the debut of Nitro Circus: Crazy Train, an eight-part reality series debuting later this fall on NBCSN.
ABOUT NBC SPORTS VENTURES
The NBC Sports Ventures Unit, a division of the NBC Sports Group, is charged with acquiring and developing new and existing sports properties for NBC Sports, NBCSN and Golf Channel. Properties under the NBC Sports Ventures umbrella include the Dew Tour, Red Bull Signature Series, Reebok Spartan Race, and Nitro Circus.
ABOUT NITRO CIRCUS
Recently named by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies, Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the leading youth action sports & entertainment brand on the planet. From humble beginnings, with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage in 2003, to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity, leaving a burning impression on the minds of young people across the planet. Nitro Circus: The Movie, featuring cast members from the hit television series, was released in 2012 in cinemas worldwide.
In 2010, the TV show was transformed by current CEO and action sports industry guru Michael Porra into a must-see live event, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek five years ago, the show has travelled the globe, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away over two million fans and sold-out shows in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, the Middle East and South Africa.
Nitro Circus will return to North America arenas this fall for a 25-city tour. Go to http://nitrocircus.com/tour/ for a full list of tour dates and to purchase tickets.
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