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By LOGAN CLOW

Daily Herald-Tribune

‘Expect the unexpected.’

That’s the message from multiple X Games medallist Adam Jones who will be one of several performers at Nitro Circus Live’s stop at Evergreen Park Sept. 17.

Nitro Circus features some of the best extreme sports athletes on the planet. Performers will showing off their choreographed riding routines in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate and much more. A highlight trick of the show is the Nitro Bomb, which features all riders simultaneously flipping through the air.

“I’d say the average person coming out is definitely not going to expect the things they’re going to see,” said Jones, 32, who is regarded as one of the world’s top FMX performers.

“In my opinion, it’s the best action sports show in the world. Not only that, but the way the show is and the way it’s put together, is that you don’t have to be an action sports watcher to know what’s going on. The show’s great for the people who live and breath action sports, but it’s also great for the people that think it’s cool...”

In past, Nitro Circus performers have performed “jaw-dropping tricks on ridiculous contraptions like trikes, a recliner, a bathtub and much more,” according to a tour press release.

It’s the first time the show, and Jones, will be coming to Grande Prairie.

Jones, who currently lives in Reno, Nevada, started riding a dirt bike at the age of 10. He won his first X Games gold medal in 2007 and has performed with Nitro Circus for nearly five years.

“(Performing) is an amazing thing for me and you get a huge rush when you do something and you get a great response from the crowd. It’s such a great feeling to have something like that happen. You make sure the stuff you do looks cool and that’s the main thing right there is when you get a good response from an audience,” he said.

“I’m always pushing myself and always trying to take the tricks that I do have and make them better. Every time I ride, that’s always the goal is to get better and better, and never settle in where I’m at.”

Jones is known for inventing the Cordova flip. A video of the trick can be viewed on YouTube: goo.gl/wIqo6B. The backflip trick, he said, is something he plans to show off during the GP stop.

Due to production requirements, the show at Gordon Badger Stadium at Evergreen Park will start one hour later at 7 p.m. General doors will open at 6 p.m. and doors for the Nitro Club VIP pre-show will open at 4:45 p.m.

The show requires 10 semi-trucks to transport all of the ramps, bikes and other equipment necessary to put on the event.

Evergreen Park staff are expecting the show to be “the largest-viewed single entertainment event in the history of the Peace Country.”

Nitro Circus Live has sold out legendary arenas such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the O2 in London. In 2014, 35,000 watched the show at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, and 45,000 watched the show at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.

Tickets can be purchased at nitrocircus.live.

For show information, visit www.nitrocircus.com

 

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