Performance Sports Articles by Date

April 2012

  • Stars And Stripes: Oakley’s Evelyn Stevens Makes History As First American To Top The Fleche Wallone Feminine World Cup

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    In a race that has been running for 15 years now, no American has ever stepped foot atop the podium in the Fleche Wallone Feminine World Cup. No American until now. Oakley cyclist Evelyn Stevens re-wrote history, becoming the first from her country to claim top prize in the Belgium based race.

  • Age Is Just A Number: 40-Year-Old Brian Lopes Claims MTB World Cup Eliminator Victory

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Oakley mountain bike legend Brian Lopes proved once again that age is nothing but a number when he took top prize in the inaugural MTB World Cup Eliminator held in Houffalize, Belgium. The forty-year old American Lopes took down a field full of younger mountain bike studs in the first World Cup running of this exciting new format. His convincing win in the men’s race gives him World Cup victories in three disciplines: dual slalom, four cross and now eliminator. Lopes has claimed more World Cup wins than any other male mountain biker in the sport’s history – why not add one more to the trophy case?

  • All Alone: Tom Boonen Etches A Special Place In History With His Solo Paris-Roubaix Domination

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    “Paris-Roubaix? It would be fantastic to win it after having won the GP E3, Ghent Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders. I am going to try. It is a race that suits me better than the Tour of Flanders.” That was what Belgian Tom Boonen had to say following his Tour of Flanders victory in early April. The 31-year-old Oakley cyclist must have been looking into a crystal ball because he dominated the Paris-Roubaix for the fourth time in his career. Adding to his 2005, 2008 and 2009 titles, Boonen rode without teammates or competitors for 50km out of the 257.5km race. Niki Terpstra, Boonen’s teammate attacked the field with him at 56km, but Boonen, sporting his Oakley RadarLock sunglasses, was much too fast for him or anyone else to keep up.

  • Sun Young Yoo Capitalizes On A One-Foot Mistake, Wins Kraft Nabisco Championship

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Every golfer has nightmares of missing a one-foot put to win a championship. The only problem in Rancho Mirage, California was that I.K. Kim was awake and this was real. Kim had a one-foot putt on the 18th hole of the Kraft Nabisco Championship for par and the trophy and she did the unthinkable. Kim’s victory putt rimmed the cup and shot out back towards her, forcing her to tap in for bogey, erasing her one stroke lead. Oakley’s Sun Young Yoo was there, sporting her custom Flak Jacket sunglasses, one stroke behind the lead, ready to capitalize on Kim’s mistake. The tournament went to a playoff as a result of the epic miss and Yoo came out on top in the end.

  • Olympic Champion Samuel Sanchez Claims Tour of Basque Country Victory

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Spaniard Samuel Sanchez overtook fellow Oakley cycling teammate Joaquin Rodriguez to secure the overall Tour of Basque Country title on his home turf. Sanchez, coming off a huge 3rd stage, 102 mile win a few days prior, overtook a nine second deficit on the final day to claim the overall first place spot.

  • Oakley’s Kris Freeman Claims SuperTour Finals and 50K Victory

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The ski season in the United States is pretty much a wrap. While the country saw one of the smallest amounts of snow fall in recent history, big things still went down on the slopes. Oakley’s distance skier Kris Freeman topped off the season by securing the SuperTour Finals and the national title in the 50K in Craftsbury, Vermont.

  • Javier Gomez Triumphs At Nautica South Beach Triathlon of Miami

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Oakley Triathlete Javier Gomez took the top spot on the podium at the 2012 Nautica South Beach Triathlon of Miami on a warm humid day. With water temperatures registering 75 degrees at race time, Gomez was out of the water second. Clocking in with a bike time of 53:12, he made up some ground on the relatively flat, out and back course. Gomez ultimately took the lead during the run where no one could touch him, running a race-best 31:24 split.

  • Craig Alexander Dominates The Inaugural Ironman Asia Pacific Championship In Historic Fashion

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    It took very little time for the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship, held in Melbourne, Australia, to become a monumental and historic race. Sporting the new Oakley RadarLock sunglasses, Craig “Crowie” Alexander earned top honors at the inaugural event in record time, amidst one of the strongest fields ever assembled outside of Kona. Alexander’s win came at a sub-eight hour pace, a time that is rarely seen and highly sought after in the triathlon world. To say the first running of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship was thrilling would simply be an understatement.

  • Masters Preview: Oakley Golfers Primed For The Big Stage

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    There is arguably no bigger stage in golf than that of Augusta, Georgia. Augusta National Golf Club plays host to the most prestigious golf tournament in the world beginning April 5th. Oakley golfers including Keagan Bradley, Ian Poulter, Brendan Steele and the current world number two, Rory McIlroy, will all be there to take aim at the coveted green jacket.

  • Belgian Tom Boonen Puts New Oakley RadarLocks In the Spotlight at Tour of Flanders

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    In front of a home crowd, Belgian Oakley cyclist Tom Boonen held off a duo of Italian riders to claim the 2012 Tour of Flanders victory. Boonen tied a record for total victories at the Belgian event, winning his third Tour of Flanders title. Following up on wins in 2005 and 2006, Boonen joined elite company all while wearing the soon to debut Oakley RadarLock sunglasses. This was the first cycling victory by any athlete wearing the highly anticipated performance glass.

  • Career Save! MLB Star Miguel Cabrera’s Face Directly Struck By Baseball, Eyes Spared By Oakley Performance Eyewear

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    Posted about 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Miguel Cabrera is on the field…today…still playing baseball for a living. And he thanks exactly two things for that. Oakley and God. It was a split second moment, in mid-March, when the Detroit Tigers Superstar Third Baseman thought that his career was in danger of being over. For good.