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In this day and age of rapid-fire information and Youtube and social media, it’s rare when a young talent seemingly appears out of thin air and in the span of a year, turns a sport on its head. That’s sort of the story of Gabriel Medina. Upon qualifying for the ASP World Tour during the 2011 mid-year shuffle (which no longer exists), he proceeded to win two events and prove that he was more than another Brazilian with a flare for airs. In the short time since, he finished in the top 10 in his first full year on Tour and was awarded the the “AI Breakthrough Performer Award” at Surfer Poll. At just 19 years of age, “Gab,” as he’s sometimes known, is already considered a world title contender.
Simon Dumont shouldn’t have been on the Superpipe podium last month in Aspen. Based on the condition of his wrists, he probably shouldn’t have had more than a commentator role at Winter X Games. Instead, there he stood on Day 2, a Bronze Medal around his neck and a left wrist wrapped in tape. There are characteristics about elite athletes that set them apart from the rest of us, and talent is just part of it. It’s also intestinal fortitude and a determination and dedication to put everything on the line. Dumont wasn’t going to sit on the sidelines despite his badly injured left wrist; that’s why he’s him and we’re us.
It’s not every day that you sign an elite-level athlete with Jamie Anderson’s pedigree. A four-time Winter X Games gold medalist and a U.S. Olympic-hopeful, Anderson joined Oakley’s women’s snowboard team just as she was about to embark on her mission to defend her Winter X Games 16 slopestyle gold medal. She succeeded, and now she’s on to her next goal for 2013: qualifying for the top spot on the Women’s U.S. Snowboard Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. When you’re the best in the business at what you do, you set your goals high – and you partner with companies that match those only-the-best standards.