Oakley Athletes Take 52 Medals At 2006 Winter Olympics
Competitors Rely on High Definition Optics® in Medal Winning Performances
Oakley, Inc. (NYSE: OO) today announced that a total of 52 medals were awarded to Olympic athletes who relied on the clarity and protection of the company’s goggles and performance eyewear featuring High Definition Optics® (HDO®). More than 150 competitors from over 20 countries took advantage of Oakley technologies at the 2006 Winter Games. Gold medals were awarded to 17 Oakley-wearing Olympians. An additional 19 silver and 16 bronze medals were awarded to athletes wearing the company’s eyewear inventions.
"We were the dominate player in eyewear at the 2006 Winter Olympics – one of every five athletes who medaled at Torino wore Oakley," said Colin Baden, president of Oakley. "The athletes’ accomplishments are the product of decades of training and commitment. Likewise, our HDO® technology is the culmination of decades of research, development and refinement, and we are honored that they chose to rely on our innovations as essential gear en route to some of the greatest performances of their careers."
Topping 44 competitors, Shaun White (USA) brought home gold in the Men’s Halfpipe snowboarding competition while wearing the Oakley A FRAME® goggle. The goggle offers unbeatable clarity and protection thanks to HDO® and features dual vented lenses with Oakley’s F3 anti-fog technology. Oakley’s Gretchen Bleiler (USA) also took advantage of the A FRAME® during her silver medal performance in the Women’s Halfpipe snowboarding competition and charmed Torino with a sneak-peek at the Oakley DART™ sunglass from the company’s upcoming exclusive new women’s eyewear collection. The third Oakley athlete to stand on the Women’s Halfpipe snowboarding podium was Kjersti Buaas ( Norway), who utilized the A FRAME® in her bronze medal run.
A total of 39 medals were awarded to athletes wearing Oakley eyewear in speedskating competitions. The majority of the medalists in this category chose the Oakley M FRAME® and PRO M FRAME®, eyewear inventions that combine the unbeatable clarity of HDO® with the comfort of lightweight architecture that offers unsurpassed impact protection.
Cindy Klassen (Canada) tied a winter Olympics record earning five medals in one game – gold in the women’s 1500m, silver in both the women’s 1000m and Team Pursuit and bronze medals in the 3000m and 5000m. She competed wearing HALF JACKET®, Oakley eyewear that combines an open-edge lens design with interchangeable lenses that offer the clarity and protection of HDO®.
All top three finishers and medalists in every women’s speedskating event (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m and Team Pursuit) wore Oakley eyewear with notable gold medal performances by Svetlana Zhurova (Russia-500m), Marianne Timmer (Netherlands-1000m), Irene Wust (Netherlands-3000m), Clara Hughes (Canada-5000m) and the German team of Anni Friesinger, Daniela Anschuetz Thoms and Lucille Opitz who took the top prize in the Team Pursuit.
In Short Track competition, Mena Wang (China) earned gold in the women’s 500m race and Sun-Yu Jin (South Korea) took home three gold medals in the women’s 1000m, 1500m and 3000m Team Relay competitions. In the men’s competition Hyun-Soo Ahn (South Korea) took home four medals – gold in the men’s 1000m and 1500m, a bronze in the 500m and then another gold in the South Korean team victory in the 5000m Relay.
The Oakley CROWBAR™ goggle was the choice of gold medalist Jennifer Heil (Canada) and bronze medalist Toby Dawson (USA) in their freestyle skiing mogul events. Like the A FRAME® goggle, CROWBAR™ utilizes patented XYZ Optics®, an HDO® technology that optimizes clarity at all angles of vision to maximize peripheral and downward view. Freestyle aerialists Han Xiaopeng ( China) and Dmitry Dashinski (Belarus) took gold and silver in the men’s competition pin-pointing their landings at more than 50 feet. China’s Nina Li of China earned a silver medal in the women’s aerial event.
Katerina Neumannova ( Czech Republic) took home gold in the 30k cross-country skiing Mass Start and silver in the 15k cross-country skiing Pursuit while wearing the PRO M FRAME®, an Oakley sunglass that has been a mainstay in athletics for many years.
Deemed the ‘Superbowl of Scandanavia,’ the men’s gold medal game between Sweden and Finland featured a number of players wearing Oakley hockey shields including Sweden’s gold medalists: Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Forsberg, Mikael Samuelsson, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. Finland’s silver medalists included: Teemu Selanne, Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu, Olli Jokinen and Antti-Jussi Niemi.
Oakley High Definition Optics® (HDO®)
"Olympic athletes can hone every muscle but when it comes to vision, there is no training regimen," said Baden. "Even those with perfect vision need the technologies of HDO® for the competitive edge of precise visual clarity."
Oakley HDO® is a collective platform of patented innovations that offer unbeatable optical performance. Tests developed specifically for eyewear by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) have proven Oakley eyewear with HDO® to be superior to all other eyewear brands tested. ANSI is the yardstick of performance in the eyewear industry, and three of its optical tests – clarity, refractive power and prism – show the superiority of Oakley technology. Pure Plutonite® lens material filters out the damaging rays of UV including 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm.
Men’s Half Pipe