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August 2012

  • American Allison Jones Earns Country’s First Podium Spot In 3000m C1-C3 Pursuit


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    American Allison Jones is no stranger to the pressure of competition at he Games. In her sixth career appearance on the grandest scale in sports, Jones secured the first podium position for the United States in London with her third place finish in the women’s 3000m C1-C3 Pursuit event in the London Velodrome. She defeated German’s Denise Schindler with a time of 4:27.793 in the third place race. This was the sixth podium finish of her career with two first place finishes, three second place finishes and her most recent third place achievement.

  • Oakley Tennis Athletes Carry Recent Success Into US Open


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Tennis fans have been spoiled as of late with a plethora of Grand Slam championships, combined with a special tournament last month in London. Coming off of an exhilarating Wimbledon championship at the beginning of July, the tennis world got the added bonus of the London Olympic tournament at the beginning of August. No rest for the weary: it’s Grand Slam time once more. This weekend marks the opening of the 2012 US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York and Oakley athletes are poised to have another successful showing. Coming off plenty of recent success, athletes including Samantha Stosur, Janko Tipsarevic, Yaroslava Shvedova and Bob and Mike Bryan will take to the courts in New York aimed at another prosperous US Open.

  • Young Arnaud Demare Triumphs Amongst Veterans At Vattenfall Cyclassics


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Arnaud Demare is widely considered one of the most talented French cyclists in the game. The kicker – he’s not even 21-years-old yet. The 20-year-old FDJ-BigMat, U-23 World Road Champion proved why he is a rising star at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, Germany as he took down some of the sports most experienced veterans. Demare beat out Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) with a late charge to win the 245.9km race.

  • Jaroslav Kulhavy Tops London Mountain Bike Podium; Nino Schurter, Marco Aurelio Fontana Take Second, Third


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Kulhavy was far from the favorite in the men’s mountain bike competition this year in London. The world champion had yet to collect a world cup win during the season. He entered the race in England quiet and poised to surprise the world-class field. He did just that, sprinting to the victory during the final 200 meters, beating out Switzerland’s Nino Schurter for the top prize, by just one second. Almost as remarkable was the third place ride by Italy’s Marco Aurelio Fontana. Fontana lost his seat and seat post during the final lap of the course and finished just 25 seconds behind the second place finisher, with nothing to sit on.

  • London 2012: Final Week In Photos


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The Oakley Safehouse was a HUGE succes in London. Athletes, friends and family of the brand, of all kinds, came to visit us in the London Design Museum right on the south bank of the River Thames. They came before their competition to get product and healthy meals as well as after to party and celebrate their accomplishments with us. Every athlete was taken care of exactly the same and treated like family. It’s easy to see why they kept coming back. Check out some of the best photos from the final week of the London 2012 Oakley Safehouse.

  • Rory McIlroy Dominates PGA Championship - Wins By Record Eight Strokes


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy came out swinging to begin his PGA career. At 22, he recorded his first major victory at the 2011 US Open. The young phenom experienced lull in performance when it came to Major Championships in the following year. That all changed Sunday when McIlroy got that very illusive second major victory. McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.

  • BMX: Pajon, Walker and Smulders Sweep Women's Race in London, Willoughby and Oquendo Grace Men’s Podium


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Colombia’s BMX team has officially hit the map. Lead by Mariana Pajon, who claimed her nation’s very first victory in London by owning the Women’s race, the South American country continued its damage with countryman Carlos Oquemdo taking a third place finish in the Men’s event. “I started gymnastics when I was five, but I started BMX when I was three,” said Mariana, who also became the second Colombian ever to claim a Summer Games win. "I was doing gymnastics, BMX and cart racing. However BMX wasn’t at the Olympics and I wanted to be here, then BMX was introduced in Beijing and I started training.” Utterly smashing three semi-final runs in tantalizing style, she lead the pack of eight formidable riders through the first turn. She never relinquished the lead – cruising to a massive triumph over rivals from the across the Globe. Carlos wasn’t the only man of note (in the family) to grace the Men’s podium, however. Aussie smasher Sam Willoughby, who was crowned ...

  • Vive La France! Julie Bresset Gives Country Its First Cycling Title In London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    French mountain biker Julie Bresset took the London course by storm Saturday, to give the French their first top cycling finish in London. Bresset finished the six 4.7-kilometre laps 62 seconds faster than the next finisher – German Sabine Spitz. Young Georgia Gould of the United States of America rounded out the podium, crossing the line just six seconds later, securing third place.

  • Runner-Up No More: Hungary Finds Women’s K4 500m Victory at Last


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    Germany has long a history of kayaking dominance and has claimed top honors at every Games since Atlanta in 1996, but on Day 12 of the London Games, the Hungarian women’s K4 500m team showed up to the Windsor course prepared to make their own play for the top podium spot.

  • Blitz: Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann Topple Brazil For Beach Volleyball Victory in London, Latvians Claim Third


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    It was a spectacle of massive hits Thursday at the Horse Guard’s Parade in London. But although Brazilian bombers Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti threw down some of the most impressive kills of the evening, the two fell short of Germans Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann – who claimined a dramatic victory following an intensely heated battle (23-21, 16-21,16-14). The impressive result marked the first-ever Beach Volleyball triumph at the Summer Games by a European team. “That was a huge match with many highs and lows,” Reckermann said. “After we gave away the third match ball, my heart really sank. But the beach volleyball gods were on out side today.”

  • Full Podium Sweep in the Women’s K2 500m


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    It was Germany all the way in the women’s double kayak 500m. Leading into the final however, it was defending champions Katalin Kovacs and Natasa Douchev-Janics of Hungary, who were the heavy favorites.

  • Last Dance: “Queen Vic” Pendleton Heads Into Retirement With Second Place Cycling Sprint Finish, Shaung Guo Takes Third


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    “Queen Vic” Pendleton was riding high going into the Women’s Sprint Final. On the heels of a dazzling performance in the in the Keirin Final – where she became just the sixth British woman in history to win two Summer Games titles – the eyes of her country were centered on her to claim victory in her final race as a professional track cyclist. It wasn’t meant to be.

  • Canada's Mark Oldershaw Fulfills Family Legacy With Third Place In London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    29-year-old Mark Oldershaw comes from a long line of rowing champions. However, as a third generation Oldershaw rower, Mark was hoping to bring home the illustrious top-three finish from London. He did so, placing third place in the Men’s C1 1,000-Meter Canoe race in a time of three minutes, 48 seconds. This is a race that features one athlete in a small boat, kneeling on one knee, paddling their hearts out for 1000m.

  • Consolation: Brazilians Juliana and Larissa Claim Beach Volleyball Third in London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    It may not have been the Title that the ultra talented Brazilian duo wanted. But Juliana Felisberta Da Silva and Larissa Franca made up for a missed opportunity in Beijing by claiming a solid third place Beach Volleyball podium finish in London. The heavy bombers came back from a one set deficit to top China for the rights to hardware. “I am very happy that I got a podium finish,” Juliana said. “It’s not the top. But for us, it’s a victory.”

  • Men’s Sprint Cycling: Shane Perkins Brings A Third Place Prize From London Down Under


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Australian Sprint Cyclist Shane Perkins added another trophy to his illustrious collection on Monday. Not only is he the world champion in the kerin and team sprint cycling, he now claims a third place victory in London in the Men’s Sprint Cycling competition. The Aussie beat Trinidad’s Nijsane Phillip 2-0 in the third place race. England’s Jason Kenny took top billing as he downed Frenchman Gregory Bauge 2-0. Bauge has previously beaten Perkins in the semi-final round, sending the Aussie into the third place competition against Phillip.

  • Women’s Omnium Decided by Fractions of a Second: Sarah Hammer Takes Second


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    The newest event to the track cycling program, the omnium could be compared to the heptathlon in that it is comprised of six individual events over the course of two days. Riders accumulate points based on their finishing position in each event – the rider with the fewest points overall is crowned the champion.

  • Sweet Redemption for Australian Laser Sailor Tom Slingsby


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    Twelve years in the making and Australia’s Tom Slingsby has finally achieved the result he had been striving for.

  • Sailors Battle on the Nothe Course: Xu Lijia and Marit Bouwmeester Triumph


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    The final race of the women’s laser radial event went down on a particularly windy day on the Nothe Course in Weymouth, London.

  • Three-Peat! Kerri Walsh Claims Third Straight Beach Volleyball Triumph in London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    It looked easy. Way too easy. In what may be her last Summer Games with her current partner (Misty May-Treanor), Kerri Walsh claimed her third straight Beach Volleyball victory in resounding fashion, smashing fellow Americans Jen Kessy and April Ross, 21-16, 21-16, to close out an utterly dominating campaign in London. The long-time monster duo, combining stellar ball control, power and stature, demonstrated why they’ve been the class of the sport over such a long period of time. “I’m really proud of finishing the journey with Misty the way we finished it,” Kerri said, with tears visibly forming.

  • Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya Splits Brownlee Brothers With Second Place Finish in London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Going into the Men’s Triathlon in London, Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain was expected to be the victor before the race even began. His main forms of completion – his younger brother Jonathan and Javier Gomez Noya of Spain. The two Brits and the Spaniard, Gomez, led together virtually the entire race, separating themselves from the rest of the pack during 43km cycle. It wasn’t until the closing section of the run that Alistair was able to kick away from Gomez, eventually claiming the victory. Brownlee finished 11 seconds before Gomez, due to some celebrating on the blue carpet with the hometown fans, before crossing the finish line. After serving a late penalty on the run, younger brother Jonathan came across almost 30 seconds behind the Spaniard for third place.

  • 47.63 Seconds – A Familiar Winning Time For 400m Hurdler Felix Sanchez


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez is beginning to enjoy the time of 47.63 seconds. Monday night in London, Sanchez completed the 400m-hurdle event in that exact time. On a chilly drizzly night on the track, Sanchez was the first man to cross the finish line, recapturing the title that he earned back in 2004 in Athens. The irony of it all – his winning time in Greece – you guessed it…47.63 seconds.

  • Men’s 50m Pistol: South Korea’s Jongoh Jin Earns Second First Place Prize in London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Jongoh Jin of South Korea successfully defended his Men’s 50m Pistol title from Beijing. He narrowly beat out fellow countryman Young Rae Choi on Day 9 of competition in London. Choi led most of the competition and entered the final with a seven-point lead against the defending champion. Jin looked out of contention for the top spot, until he shot a perfect 100 in the final round. The competition ended in a score of 662-661.5, landing Jin the top prize he had hoped of defending four years removed from his last title.

  • No Contest: Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic Dominates Women’s Single Skulls


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The Czech Republic’s Mirka Knapkova entered the Women’s Single Sculls competition in London as the World Champion and she proved from the get-go why she deserves that title. The female rowing sensation rowed the quickest time in qualifying and utterly dominated the field in the finals. In the final race, Knapkova jumped out to an early lead of one half-length after 500m. Halfway through the row, the Czech had extended that lead to a full boat length. As she neared the finish line, it was apparent that she had the top position in the bag. She eased up, gliding to a comfortable 3-second victory.

  • Coastal Battle: Britain’s Iain Percy and Brazil’s Bruno Prada Claim Second and Third in London Sailing Star Class


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Bruno Prada (and his teammate Robert Scheidt) was already guaranteed hardware heading into the Star Class-Sailing Competition. So was his British rival, Iain Percy (and Andrew Simpson). A final showdown would crown the victor. But the dramatic rivalry took its toll, as the head-to-head battle with the Britons ended up opening the door for Sweden’s Fredrik Look and Max Saminen to claim the win. Iain settled for a second place finish at the historic race off the coast of Weymouth, UK, while Bruno claimed third. Having lost the title on their home waters, the GB team was outwardly devastated. “We had to sail in ridiculous conditions at the end,” Percy said. "We’re hurting so much inside but getting those roars from the crowd is about the only thing which can put a smile back on my face. It was really sweet. They were so kind. We felt we had let everyone down. It does feel devastating right now. We got it wrong.”

  • “Enjoy The Game”: Content Xu Dongxiang of China Grabs Second in Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls Rowing


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Xu Dongxiang’s country is notoriously famous for its immense campaign to dominate the victory count at the Summer Games. But for the Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls Rower, a second place finish will suffice. “I am very happy, just to have had the opportunity this time to compete at the Olympics,” Xu said. “I just enjoy the game. I am okay without the top of the podium, because we really are at this high level.”

  • Photos From London: Week 2


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Week 2 of competition is wrapping up and the Oakley Safehouse is still booming! Check out some of the best photos captured behind the scenes of all the action happening at the London Design Museum located on the Thames River, just below Tower Bridge. Athletes, employees, friends and family all unite for an exceptionally fun environment and one hell of a party. Enjoy!

  • American Women’s Cycling Team Pursuit Team Beaten In Final By World Record Time, Canadians Take Third


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The American Women’s Cycling Team Pursuit Team entered the London Velodrome knowing they were up against some hefty competition, as well as a hopeful home crowd. Their opponents – the hometown favorite, Brits. On their home track, the British women scorched a world record time to top the Americans in the finals. Canada’s female team beat Australia in the third place race.

  • Twin Hardware: Bob and Mike Bryan Triumphant in London Tennis Doubles


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Bob and Mike Bryan are more than accustomed to winning. All the time. But after grabbing their first Summer Games Title Saturday in Doubles Tennis over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Micheal Llodra of France, the heavily decorated American twins embraced each other – intensely – as if they’d never nabbed a victory ever before. “That’s the longest we’ve hugged,” Bob said. “We’ve spent 50,000 hours together, and probably 30,000 on the court, working our butts off to get here. That hug right there was a culmination of it all.” The dynamic duo, who claimed a third place finish in Beijing four years prior, finally achieved their career Golden Slam: racking up all four majors and the Summer Games…in addition to their already tantalizing 11 major titles and their seventh World No. 1 ranking in nine years.

  • Broken Hearted: Great Britain Rowers Held to Second in Men’s Rowing Lightweight Double Sculls


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Great Britain had been tallying Rowing titles at Eton Dorney’s Rowing Lake earlier in the day on Saturday. But for Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase, it was nothing more than an afternoon of broken hearts. And a broken chair. The Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls British duo was edged by Denmark to send them into a second-place finish on their home turf. “We feel like we’ve let everyone down by not winning,” said a devastated Hunter.

  • Record Time: British Squad Wins Men’s Cycling Team Pursuit in World’s Quickest Time


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The British Men’s Cycling Team Pursuit group of Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh took to the London Velodrome set to square off in the finals with their biggest competition; The Aussies. They not only dominated the entire competition, they beat the Australian team in world record time. It was a day the home crowd would remember for the rest of their lives. The 6000 people packed into the venue rose to their feet to salute their newly crowned champions and world record holders.

  • Coronation: “Queen Vic” Pendleton Crowned With Women’s Cycling Keirin Title in London, Guo Shuang Takes Second


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Long live Queen Vic. Great Britain’s newly crowned Track Cycling monarch, Victoria Pendleton, dazzled her nation Saturday – claiming the Women’s Cycling Title in ultra grand fashion before one of the most star-studded crowds to have assembled in London this Summer. The magnificent feat also renders her the sixth British woman in history to win two Summer Games titles – and the first to win individual victories at consecutive Games. “I said this would be a Summer Games for the girls, this was going to be ‘here come the girls’ and that’s what’s happening,” Victoria said, referring to overall performances and British cyclists taking three of four titles thus far. “I was so excited watching the rowers, I spoke to Katherine Grainger a month ago and when she spoke it sent shivers through me. They were so positive and inspirational and I really took a lot from their performance today.” Inspired would be an understatement.

  • Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig Wins Sprint Finish Of Women’s Triathlon


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    In one of the most exciting finishes in triathlon history Nicola Spirig of Switzerland beat out Sweden’s Lisa Norden in a photo finish in London’s Hyde Park. The two entered the home stretch, separated by a narrow margin, but Norden closed the gap in the final steps, creating a dramatic end to the race. Australia’s Erin Densham placed third while American Sarah Groff had the best run of the day to close an early deficit. Groff caught the lead group near the middle of the run. Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins, the pre-race favorite, couldn’t hold a late lead, ultimately finishing in fifth position.

  • Victory at Long Last for Team GB in the Women’s Double Sculls; Australia Takes Second


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    The energy at Eton Dorney reached an all time high today when local favorites Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins stormed their way to a first place finish in the women’s double sculls race.

  • Canadian Rowers Deliver Another Stellar Performance in Eton Dorney: Women’s Eight Takes Second


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    Two years ago rowers Lesley Thompson-Willie, Andreanne Morin, Darcy Marquardt, Ashley Brzozowicz, Natalie Mastracci, Lauren Wilkinson, Krista Guloien, Rachelle Viinberg, and Janine Hanson came together to form the Canadian Women’s eight boat with the common goal of competing in the London 2012 Summer Games.

  • Sculls: German Team Claims Men’s Quadruple Rowing Victory, Upends World Cup Champs as Aussies Take Third


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Croatia may have been the talk of the town in Windsor coming into the Men’s Quad Sculls Final. But it was the Germans who’d steal the spotlight following the hard-fought race Friday, leading the pack from start to finish to claim London glory in 5 minutes, 42.48 seconds. The Croats, the World Cup Champions, had not been beaten the entire year until the Final in England.

  • Sudden Death: Ki Bo-Bae Triumphs in Individual Archery for South Korea, Tops Shootout


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The South Koreans take archery very, very seriously. Ki Bo-Bae, serving as a prime model of the nation’s expected dominance in the sport, claimed her second set of hardware this Summer with a Women’s Individual Archery triumph Thursday in London. Coming down to the wire in a super close, intense battle, sudden death would ultimately decide the victor. Locked at 5-5 in sets with Aida Roman of Mexico, Ki needed only to land an arrow in the yellow center ring. Her arrow leaked outside the bulls-eye for a score of eight, leaving the fate of the contest in Mexico’s hands. But it wasn’t meant to be for the Central Americans.

  • 18 Year-Old Jessica Fox Brings Home Second Prize For Australia in Women’s Kayak K1


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Most 18 year-old girls are at home waiting on college acceptance letters or thinking about the high school prom. Not Jessica Fox. The French-born Australian Kayaker was busy claiming second prize in London in the Women’s Kayak K1 race. The young Aussie was third out on the course and set the time to beat of 106.51. This was following up a nervous qualification process in which she capsized at one point, recovering to secure a spot in the finals.

  • Czech Ondrej Synek Takes Second As Hometown Man Alan Campbell Secures Bronze in Men’s Single Sculls Rowing


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    New Zealand’s Mahe Drysdale and Czech Ondrej Synek went out early in the Men’s Single Skulls competition and made it a two-man race until the end. Synek had the lead for most of the beginning of the race, only to be outkicked by Drysdale after 1000m. This left hometown favorite Alan Campbell in third position, to the excitement of the British crowd at Eton Dorney.

  • Dynasty: Susan Francia and US Women’s Eight Rowing Team Claim Back-To-Back Titles


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The US Women’s Rowing Eight Team hasn’t lost a race since 2005. If that’s not a dynasty, who knows what is. That winning streak included the top performance in Beijing in 2008. With all eyes on the defending champions, the American women didn’t disappoint. On a windy, stormy day in London, the US Women’s Eight Team won their event in a time of 6 minutes, 10.59 seconds.

  • Edged: France’s Germain Chardin Holds On For Rowing Pairs Second in London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Germain Chardin (and his partner Dorian Mortelette) was on pace for a chance at victory in London’s Rowing Pairs contest. But a pair of Kiwis (New Zealand) smashed past the French duo, leaving Germain with a solid second place finish in Windsor.

  • Marginalized: Underestimated Italian Men’s Pair Claim Glorious Second in London Rowing Final


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Alessio Sartori and Romano Battisti weren’t supposed to be in London. Or so thought Italy’s Rowing Federation. Neither were they supposed to emerge with a second place finish in the Men’s Pair Rowing Finals – behind New Zealand – after seriously challenging for the victory in the last 500 meters of the race. But poetic justice won out, as the “odd couple,” comprised of a 35-year-old veteran and his 10-years-younger partner, grabbed hardware for their country with an inspiring performance at the Summer Games.

  • Sneak Peaking: Australia’s Sarah Tait Roars From Behind for Women’s Pair Rowing Second in London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The Aussies seemingly came out of nowhere. Sarah Tait (and her partner Kate Hornesy) roared from the fourth position to challenge for victory in the last 500m of the Women’s Pair Final Wednesday, grabbing a stunning second place finish at Eton Dorney behind host Great Britain. “It is so exciting,” said Tait. “It’s such a happier moment not having to row away from the podium under the bridge and warm down after the final.”

  • Lightweight Men’s Four Rowers Earn Top Honors for South Africa


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    The competitive sport of rowing as we know it today came of age in the modern world of sports within the last 200 years and first gained notoriety as a result of the longstanding collegiate rivalry between the Oxford and Cambridge University rowing teams. This rivalry lives on today and the sport continues to grow around the world.

  • Chinese Skeet Shooter Secures a Second Place Finish For China


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Chinese skeet shooter Wei Ning had some stiff competition in London. While American Kim Rhodes got the best of her, a second place finish is quite an accomplishment in itself. To compliment her performance, the only woman above her, did so by matching a world record along the way. Wei Ning secured a second place prize for her home country of China.

  • Shooter Gagan Narang Revives National Hope With India’s First Top-Three Finish In London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Ten Meter Air Rifle specialist Gagan Narang shot his way into history, earning his country’s first top prize in London. The 29 year-old took advantage of a misfire from fellow countryman, and defending champion Abhinav Bindra. With the favorite out of the competition, Narang shot his way to glory with a total score of 701.1 on the day.

  • American Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Repeats Time-Trial Title, As German Judith Arndt Takes Second


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Kristin Armstrong’s journey to a second consecutive cycling time-trial title wasn’t easy, but in the end, it turned out beautifully. Following her triumph in Beijing, Armstrong was at a transition point in her life. She was ready to start a family, which she did shortly after. Her son Lucas was born in 2010, which added a new commitment (and excitement) in her life. While she was overjoyed at the birth of her son, she knew she had to resume the long, grueling hours of training for the cycling season. It was evident Wednesday when she crossed the line in London faster than any other female competitor, that Armstrong had done the work, despite the newly experienced long hours of motherhood. It couldn’t have been any sweeter than when young Lucas accompanied her during her victory celebration in London for all to see. The now 38 year-old Armstrong, who normally hides her emotions well, was noticeably overjoyed as her life came full circle.

  • Oh Canada! North Americans Claim Second in Men’s Eight Rowing on London’s Dorney Lake


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Great Britain’s Men’s Eight Rowing Team had their sights set on the seemingly unbeatable German team throughout the week. But it was Canada who’d rain even more on their parade in the Final on Wednesday. “An unreal race, we were so stoked,” Canada’s Doug Csima said. “We executed our plan exactly and it was a great feeling rowing through the British in the last 250 metres. We’re happy.” With Germany ultimately taking the victory, the charging Canadians passed up the Summer Games hosts, who were a mere second behind the leaders at one point. The North American team ended 1.2 seconds in front of the Brits – finishing in 5:49.98.

  • The Building of the London Oakley Safehouse


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    Two years ago – when the Summer Games were a faint thought in the minds of most – Oakley Performance Sports Director Cuan Peterson was already beginning to sketch plans for the largest, most elaborate Oakley Safehouse in the brand’s history.