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Sprite Kings of Air


Jordan Kilganon secures his champion title at the "Sprite Kings of Air" slam-dunk contest"

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Sprite Kings of Air


Jordan Kilganon secures his champion title at the "Sprite Kings of Air" slam-dunk contest"

Jordan Kilganon secures his champion title at the "Sprite Kings of Air" slam-dunk contest

The Winner dunk of "Sprite Kings of Air 2016" Champion Jordan Kilganon 

Yesterday on July 6 in Riga, Latvia the sports complex of Grizinkalns gathered the world's most talented basketball dunk masters. This is the fourth consecutive year, that the Ghetto Games organization in Latvia hosts the most ambitious slam-dunk contest in the world.

Competing under the flag of Canada was last year's winner Jordan "Mission Impossible" Kilganon.

Jordan is first dunker in the world that has been able to execute the elusive "scorpion" dunk. He is famous for his creativity and the invention and execution of many other revolutionary dunks, like the "Krown dunk" and his winning dunk in the 2016 "Sprite Kings of Air” - “Dubble X”. In Riga he upped the difficulty and performed it by jumping over a car. Jordan admits that his favorite dunk from yesterday's competiton was his very own Scorpion dunk: “I did it in a very strong and firm way as I've imagined it to be once perfectly executed. I also really loved Chris Staples dunks - 360 between legs over the motocycle, “Smoove” from Ukraine, Vadim "Miller" Paddubchenko 180 W dunk and that weird 360 Windmill dunk from the latvian dunker Kristaps Dargais!”

Raimonds Elbakjans, leader of the street culture and sports movement “Ghetto Games”:

“We are pleased to see Jordan secure his title. Ghetto Games is a place for fair game and I think he won because he had that strong mindset of a reigning champ. He participates in most slam-dunk contests across the globe and is practicing non-stop!”

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On Tuesday, July 5 the Sports complex Grizinkalns will gather the world's most talented basketball dunk masters. This is the fourth consecutive year, that the Ghetto Games organization in Latvia hosts the most ambitious slam-dunk contest in the world.

This year nine of the world’s top slam dunk entrepreneurs will face each other in the basketball court. Starting off the list we have the technically dexterous "Smoove" (Dmitry Krivenko) from Ukraine, who is a their many time national champion. It’s his third time participating in the „Kings of Air” contest. This year a new and ambitious athlete will arrive in Latvia along with "Smoove" from Ukraine - Vadim "Miller" Paddubchenko.

Canada will also be represented by two athletes. One of them is the crowd’s favorite Justin Darlington - a highly talented dunker who won the contest both in 2013 and 2014. The other athlete competing under the flag of Canada is the last year's winner Jordan "Mission Impossible" Kilganon. Not only has he managed to win the 2015 "Sprite Kings of the Air" title, but he is the first dunker in the world that has been able to execute the elusive "scorpion" dunk. He got even more famous by performing this extremely hard dunk at this year’s NBA ALL STAR game while wearing your every day jeans!

Also the winner of «Quai 54» and «Baku 2015 European Games» (popular street basketball competitions in France) will join the rest in Riga, Latvia. Rafal Lipek is an athlete from Poland and always impresses the crowd with new and original ways of performing dunks.

Both of this year’s athletes from the USA will compete in „Sprite Kings of Air” for the very first time. One of them is Chris Staples, who has no problem what so ever to perform a noteworthy slam dunk with his eyes closed. The second USE representative will be Jonathan Clark. He is widely known because of his acrobatic skills.

And of course, all the local supporters will be cheering for Latvia’s very own underdog – Kristaps Dargais. He will attempt to achieve the champion title at his home on Latvia. Kristaps will be joined by another local dunker who will be established during a Ghetto Games ALL STAR game on June 30.

For more information follow us on www.facebook.com/ghettogames and www.kingsofair.com

“Sprite Kings of Air” partners: Riga City Council, Freeport of Riga, Latvijas Nafta.

“Sprite Kings of Air” is made possible in cooperation with: Sprite, University of Latvia, Live Riga,  Maxima, Adidas, Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation,  Ovi Watch, ProBasketball, “McĀbols”.

Media support: TV24, JCDecaux, Draugiem.lv TVNET, OK!, Otrkito, Kas Jauns, Sīrups, Pastaiga, Young.lv, Sportacentrs.com, Sporta avīze, Forum Cinemas

Archive 2015

On Tuesday, July 7, the world’s most noticable Slam Dunk contest "Sprite Kings of Air" took place at the sports complex of Grizinkalns. Eight of the strongest basketball dunkers from the whole world took part in this competition. The more than three-hour-long event was filled with musical surprises and breathtaking shows and it was even attended by the newly elected President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and the most popular music band from Latvia „Brainstorm”.

"Sprite Kings of Air" was held in Riga for the third time, but this was by far the most daring and exciting one, because it brought together people from more than 70 world countries on the live webcast of the event. The world's leading competition winners competed at the event and it was an overwhelming victory for the canadian Jordan "Mission Impossible" Kilganon. He performed an unbelievable slam dunk over and across a convertible car.

The following athletes competed for the "Sprite Kings of Air" champion title:

  • - Justin "Jus Fly" Darlington (Canada) – two-time Grizinkalns sports complex champion, as well as the owner of the champion title for countless other of the world-best Slam Dunk contests;
  • - Rafal "Lipek" Lipinsky (Poland) - "Quai 54" and "Baku 2015 European Games' winner;
  • - Dmitry "Smoove" Krivenko (Ukraine) - repeated champion of Ukraine;
  • - Brandon "Werm" Lacue (USA) - one of the world's best Slam Dunk masters, who dunks from one foot;
  • - Jordan "Mission Impossible" Kilganon (Canada) – a world's sensation and the owner of the elusive „Scorpion Dunk”;
  • - Ilya "Kroha" Kroshka (Ukraine) - "Moscow Open 2014" winner;
  • - Porter "What's Gravity?" Maberry (USA) - the shortest (5.4 feet)professional dunker in the world;
  • - Kristaps Dārgais (Latvia) - "Moscow Open 2013" champion and the most titled dunker in Latvia, who was especially hungry to win right at home.
Raimonds Vejonis president of Latvia

The jury featured one of the best Latvian basketball players Kristaps Valters, the former coach of the national champion team "VEF Riga" Nikolajs Mazurs, Latvian national team candidate for the European Championships in Riga - Rolands Freimanis, Latvian basketball legend Raimonds Miglinieks and "Ghetto Basket" patron Andris Biedriņs.

The "Sprite Kings of the Air" event was also visited by the new president of Latvia - Raimonds Vējonis. He welcomed all the Slam Dunk contest visitors and athletes in the sportiest neighborhood in Riga. He invited everyone to support the local hero Kristaps Dārgais. "I, as the President, henceforth will be supporting young people in their ventures and achievements in different sports. I will support the "Ghetto Games" movement. Last year, I was able to play at a town tournament, where my team won the first place," wishing a successful competition and a pleasant event, said Mr Vējonis.

The founder and leader of the "Ghetto Games" movement Raimonds Elbakjans was very concise after the event, saying that "this is the best experience that has happened to me." The producer of the"Sprite Kings of Air" event Renārs Zeltiņš reveals that "looking back at the Slam Dunk contest in Grīziņkalns, I must admit that this was the biggest and most stunning event of its kind this summer. Not only in Latvia, but throughout the world as a whole. Such emotions, inspiration, energy exchange between the participants and spectators, while all were sober, have not been experienced anywhere else.

The "Sprite Kings of Air" competition was held for eight best dunkers in the world. Here at the Grīziņkalns sports complex we had everything – a limousine, Michael Jackson, who’s role was perfectly played by a local musician and entrepenour Ralfs Eilands, a special song was performed to welcome the newly elected president  of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis. There were also horses, dunkers entered the central stage on unusual bicycles, famous basketball player Andris Biedrins was leading the competition jury, the mayor of Riga assisted the best polish dunker Rafal "Lipek" Lipinski to perform a dunk, basketball stunt masters "Lords of Gravity" from Hungary with a trampoline show, karaoke singing famous songs by the band „Brainstorm” with the band members being on hand and joining the fun. It all ended with the amazing winning dunk performed by Jordan Kilganon. This was one of the happiest days of my life! It all seems surreal! Thanks to everyone who showed up. See you next year, because this is just the beginning!"

Organized by: Ghetto Family

Main sponsor: Sprite

Sponsors and support: Riga City Council, Port of Riga, The University of Latvia, , Live Riga, Adidas, Armets, VEF Rīga, Pro Basketball, Būvniecības ABC, Mārtiņa Beķereja, ProNets, MAXIMA, McĀbols, Super Viva.

Media support: TVNET, Draugiem.lv, Sporta Avīze, Sportacentrs.com, Forum Cinemas, Salīdzini.lv, RīgaTV24 un JCDecaux.

 

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