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December 2012

  • Victory At Last: 17-Year-Old Mikaela Shiffrin Earns First Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Victory

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    It’s been much anticipated and young Mikaela Shiffrin delivered, just in time for the holidays. The budding Oakley alpine ski racing star secured her first ever Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victory this Thursday in Are, Sweden. The American phenom shot to the top of the podium in the slalom competition, becoming the third-youngest American to win a World Cup race.

  • Masters Champion Zach Johnson Joins Oakley Golf Team

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    Zach Johnson is a nine-time PGA Tour champion and the 2007 Masters winner. While he exhibits a ferociousness and tenacity for the game he loves, Johnson is a southern gentleman, devout in his faith and his family. He and his wife Kim call Simon’s Island, Georgia home, along with their sons Will and Wyatt and their newborn daughter Abby Jane.

  • Four-Time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington Calls It A Career

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    Often when professional athletes are contemplating the perfect time to end his or her career, the thought of “going out on a high note,” comes into play. In other words, bowing out gracefully after a huge win, a championship or a massive personal accomplishment becomes the ultimate time to hang up the boots. Many are fortunate enough to experience this perfect storm, even more are not. Four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington had no choice. Whenever she chose to call it a career, she was going out a champion. The British triathlon legend had never lost a race in her professional career. Enduring the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile marathon run, thirteen times, Wellington remained undefeated during her professional career from 2007 until about a week ago. Wellington officially announced her retirement, citing that she had “achieved more than I could have ever imagined.”

  • Three-Time Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander Kicks Off US Book Tour At Oakley World Headquarters

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    It’s hard to mention the sport of triathlon and not speak the name “Craig Alexander” in the same breath. “Crowie,” as he’s affectionately known throughout the industry, and the world, is an all around champion and icon of the sport. The Australian power-house has won the Ironman World Championships, in Kona, three times, becoming the oldest male winner in the race’s history, the course record holder and a true ambassador of the event. He has won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship twice, along with a list of other victories too long to mention.

  • The Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish Visits Oakley World Headquarters

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    It’s been an eventful 2012 for Mark Cavendish to say the least. The Manx Missile, secured another three Tour de France stage victories this year, including his 23rd career stage win, making him the most accomplished sprinter in the Tour’s history, in terms of victories by a sprinter. While the focus of the 2012 Tour seemed to be on teammate, Bradley Wiggins, Cavendish took it mostly upon himself to rally for his stage victories, including his fourth consecutive final-stage win on the Champs Elysees. Cavendish became a father this year with the birth of his baby girl, Delilah Grace. And most recently, he announced he’d be leaving TeamSky to ride for Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2013, making them a powerhouse squad, consisting of current time-trial World Champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Tony Martin along with Belgian superstar Tom Boonen, to name a few.

  • Back On Top: Ailing Lindsey Vonn Records World Cup Hat-Trick in Canada, Svindal Double Podiums

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    It was another brilliant weekend for the Oakley alpine ski team; beginning with the ailing Lindsey Vonn securing a much needed hat-trick at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup stop in Lake Louise, Canada and finishing with Aksel Lund Svindal placing second in both the men’s downhill and super-g competitions at the Birds of Prey World Cup event in Beaver Creek, CO. Vonn, who has suffered from an intestinal ailment as of late, locked down her first alpine victories since her recent return to competition. The American racked up her staggering 54th, 55th and 56th career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victories by sweeping the weekend in Canada. She blew away the competition by a 1.73 second margin in the first of two downhill races on the weekend. Vonn followed up with a .52 second win in the second downhill race on Saturday and completed the hat-trick by winning Sunday’s super-g race. This was Vonn’s second straight hat-trick in Lake Louise as she bumped her venue total to 14 career wins on ...