A new partnership between PMQ Pizza Magazine and Go Live Sports Cast has resulted in this year’s U.S. Pizza Team Athletic Trials being broadcast on the ESPN networks for the first time ever. The event takes place Monday, January 14 in Columbus, Ohio, with complete coverage from ESPN3.
“We are excited about this partnership between Go Live Sports Cast, PMQ Pizza Magazine, and the U.S. Pizza Team,” says Steve Green, PMQ’s founder and publisher. “We look forward to bringing pizza acrobatics—an art form that blends dough-spinning skills with athletics and synchronized dance—to a larger audience. Not only are these pizza athletes amazing artists and entertainers, they’re also the pizza restaurant industry’s goodwill ambassadors to the world.”
The Athletic Trials is one of several trials the U.S. Pizza Team competes in across the country throughout the year in preparation for the World Pizza Championship. These trials are designed to mimic the big event to better prepare the competitors. Winners of each trial in the United States win a trip to the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy.
That includes the winner of the Freestyle Acrobatic competition, who will represent the U.S. Pizza Team this April at the 28th annual edition of the World Pizza Championship. Other competition events at the Athletic Trials include Largest Dough Stretch, Fastest Pie-Making, and Fastest Box-Folding.
PMQ Pizza Magazine senior media producer Daniel Lee Perea will cover the play-by-play of the event along with color analyst and former World Pizza Spinning Champion Jamie Culliton as well as U.S. Pizza Team Captain Michael LaMarca.