Performance Sports Articles by Date

October 2011

  • And Then There Was One: St. Louis Cardinals Win World Series

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    Posted over 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    Another season of America’s favorite past time has come and gone in the blink of an eye. There were glorious highs and the inevitable lows, but none as unexpected as the World Series championship title going home with the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Bermuda: Golf Star Keegan Bradley Triumphs at PGA Grand Slam of Golf

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    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Keegan Bradley already smashed his way onto “the map” this year. So it was only a reaffirmation of the talented O Golfer’s bright future when he dropped into Bermuda for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf…and took out the rest of the year’s major tournament winners – emerging 4-under for the victory. Taking on the Port Royal Golf Course alongside fellow O Golf Superstar Rory McIlroy, the two shared the lead after the first day. It was Charl Shwartzel who became the most viable threat after some time passed, however. Rory’s second shot at seven veered far left – setting off events that lead to three bogeys to drop to one-under.

  • Grand Slam: Ski Star Lindsey Vonn Claims Giant Slalom in Austria, Completes Sweep of Five Disciplines

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    Posted over 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Lindsey Vonn has Gold Medals. She has the fame. But she was missing one thing: A Giant Slalom victory. Until this past weekend, that is. Oakley’s Olympic Gold Medalist opened up the World Cup season with a resounding GS victory in Soelden, Austria – etching her name in the record books as only the fifth female skier to win a race in all five Alpine disciplines.

  • Kremlin Cup: Tennis Star Janko Tipsarevic Claims Second Tour Victory in Russia

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Janko is officially on fire. Oakley’s blooming Tennis Star claimed his second ATP World Tour victory this past weekend, topping his good friend and Serbian Countryman Viktor Troicki at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russia – 6-4, 6-2. After the tour’s first-ever all-Serbian final, Janko, who shot up to an ATP year-to-date No. 10 ranking following the victory, displayed understandably mixed emotions. “It was really tough,” Janko said, sporting his Oakley Prescription/Transition Fast Jacket performance eyewear. “We were both tight. You could cut the tension with a knife. It was like a nightmare to play against your friend.”

  • O With the Save! Anaheim Ducks Hockey Star Francois Beauchemin’s Eye Saved By Oakley Hockey Visor

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The heart and soul of the Oakley brand: Its athletes. The performance and safety of the Oakley family are the reason for the company’s unmatched, patented technologies in eyewear and gear. Exhibit O: NHL Star Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks. During a recent match against the San Jose Sharks, Defenseman Dan Boyle’s third-period shot beamed straight at Fracois’ face, hitting him right above the eye at close to 90 mph. But there was one thing standing between his face and the ultra-dangerous puck. His Oakley Hockey visor.

  • Kona Domination: Oakley Shines at Ironman World Championship in Hawaii

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    It’s a fact. The most elite triathletes on the Planet rely on Oakley technology on the course. Exhibit O: Yet another epic Ironman World Championship in Kona – where Oakley Team Star Craig “Crowie” Alexander shattered the World Record by finishing in an astonishing 8:03:56. All while Chrissie Wellington, finding redemption from a disappointing 2010 and rough start to the year, powered through to victory from behind with an 8:55:08 performance of her own. But Oakley’s presence definitely isn’t ever limited to racking up Ironman Title after Ironman Title. The O has been a more-than-prominent part of the mix at Kona for the better part of the decade. And it started with one man. Greg Welch.

  • History Made: Craig Alexander Shatters Ironman World Championship Kona Course Record, Tallies Third Hawaiian Crown in Epic Fashion

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Craig Alexander was already a beast prior to the 2011 Ironman World Championship in Kona. Now you can mark that down…officially. The previous two-time World Champion added yet another glorious crown to his collection. But this wasn’t just another title…if winning such a coveted and challenging race was ever considered ordinary. This time, he shattered Luc Van Lierde’s 1996 Kona course record, finishing in an astonishing 8 hours, 3 minutes, 56 seconds. Even as he suffered through some cramping through the grueling final stretch of the race.

  • Fourth’s the Sweetest: Chrissie Wellington Claims Glorious Ironman World Championship Title in Kona From Behind

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    It was all but over at the Ironman World Championship in Kona for Chrissie Wellington. Oakley’s elite team Triathlete exited the water close to 10 minutes behind then-leader and fellow O team standout Julie Dibens. But every media personality, industry insider and die-hard fan had a common thought in the back of their minds. When Chrissie is on the course, don’t ever count her out. And they were right. Big time. Displaying just why she’s considered one of the premiere endurance athletes, Chrissy charged hard on the bike and blazed on the run to edge out defending Champion and fellow O athlete Mirinda Carfrae by less than three minutes, finishing in 8:55:08 for her fourth coveted Ironman World Championship Title.

  • T-Minus 3 Days: Oakley’s Ironman Kona Athletes Gear Up for the Planet’s Premiere Endurance Event

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The premiere – and most most intensely challenging – endurance sports event on the Planet is upon us. Indeed, Ironman World Championships in Kona are less than three days away. And at the Oakley Athlete Safe House in Keauhou Bay – a splendidly tucked away property consisting of several mini-houses, picturesque scenery and its own dock on the water – the ‘calm before the storm’ is literally the feeling floating around in the salty air. Former Ironman World Champion and current Oakley Triathlon Manager, Greg Welch, a maestro of sorts during the week of the revered competition every year, is busy showing extra care for the elite athletes walking in and out of the house in the days leading up to the race (on top of serving as “The Voice” of Ironman Kona for countless official functions and the live web and telecasts). Yes there are pep talks. Sure, there are pleasantries. But the most important part of each athlete’s visit to the Safe House is, of course, their gear selection.

  • South Bay: Beach Volleyball Stars Casey Jennings and Pedro Salgado Claim Storied Hermosa Beach Open Title

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The South Bay is the ‘Mecca’ of Beach Volleyball. So it’s only fitting that Oakley Volleyball Stars claim one of the most storied contest titles in the area’s vibrant history. Casey Jennings – the husband of Oakley’s two-time Olympic Gold Medal Beach Volleyball Star Kerri Walsh-Jennings – and Brazilian partner Pedro Salgado smashed their way to the coveted Hermosa Beach Open Title in late September, topping Oakley’s Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb in the Final: 21-18, 21-17. Teaming up last minute for the tournament, the two O bombers put on a dazzling display of amped up volleyball in front of a raucous South Bay crowd. The victory is the first Hermosa Beach Open success for Casey since 2005.