Performance Sports Articles by Date

May 2012

  • Sight for Sore Eyes: Oakley Rx Helps Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman Return To Line Up


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Atlanta Braves fans haven’t seen Freddie Freeman in the line up for quite some time now. That all changed this week, when Freeman returned with a vengeance, hitting a home run in the first at bat of his return. The Atlanta Braves first baseman showed up to Turner Field in Atlanta on Wednesday filled with anticipation. It wasn’t because the Braves were beginning a playoff series or celebrating a historic occasion. Wednesday’s game was your average, run-of-the-mill regular season game. For Freeman however this game represented something more. The young slugger was expecting a package before the game; a package that could turn his season around after weeks of frustration. It’s contents? A fresh pair of custom Oakley Rx Fast Jacket™ XL glasses with Oakley True Digital™ corrective lenses and Oakley Dual-Peripheral Technology™. Freeman was the first person to the clubhouse on Wednesday. He ripped open the package, threw on his new sport performance glasses and rushed to the batti...

  • Ryder Hesjedal Snags Giro d’Italia Victory During Final Stage


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Coming into the 21st and final stage of the Giro d’Italia, Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal had a mere 31 seconds to make up in order to catch fellow Oakley rider Joaquim Rodriguez for the lead. As they charged into Milan, Italy, Hesjedal proved victorious, overtaking Rodriguez to win by a slim 16-second margin. By finishing sixth in the 28.2km Milan time trial stage, Hesjedal was able to secure the overall title, making him the first Canadian rider to ever win a grand tour.

  • Match Play Proves Successful For Golfers Across The Globe


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The golf scene was buzzing with action across different continents this past weekend and golfers sporting Oakley eyewear were there to capitalize. The Sybase Match Play Championship took place at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, NJ and saw Spaniard Azahara Munoz claim the title over Taiwan’s Candie Kung. Across the pond, on the European Tour, Nicolas Colsaerts topped Graeme McDowell to win the World Match Play Championship in Casares, Spain.

  • Oakley Big Bass Tour: Kevin VanDam Classic Rolls Through Table Rock Lake, Missouri

    KVD Classic 2012

    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The fourth stop on the Oakley Big Bass Tour saw some of the best amateur anglers in the country take to the water at the Kevin VanDam Classic this past weekend at Table Rock Lake, Missouri. Dubbed the signature event of the Oakley Big Bass Tour, the two-day open big bass tournament was packed with exciting fishing action. Anglers were competing for thousands of hourly cash payouts and of course the grand prize: a 2012 NITRO Z-8 bass boat w/ 200 HP Mercury OptiMax Pro XS motor and matching trailer valued at $35,000 for the overall largest big bass. Steven Porter topped the field with a 6.60lb bass to take home the championship and grand prize.

  • ITU World Triathlon Series San Diego: Oakley Goes 1, 2, 3…Twice, Olympic Dreams Come True For US Athletes


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Southern California, home to theme parks, movie stars and some of the best weather in the world, is often referred to as a place where dreams come true. There were no Disney characters, Hollywood A-listers or fantasy lands in San Diego during the ITU World Triathlon Series, but it was definitely the happiest place on earth for many of Oakley’s best athletes and Olympic hopefuls. The women’s race on Friday saw a podium filled with Oakley athletes, while the women’s US Olympic Team was decided; also a clean sweep for Oakley. Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins topped the women’s field, with Australia’s Erin Densham close behind. USA’s Laura Bennett rounded out the podium while landing herself the last qualifying spot to represent Team USA in the London Olympics. On the men’s side, USA’s Manny Huerta was the story of the day, joining Hunter Kepmer in grabbing the final two spots on Team USA.

  • Kristin Armstrong Utterly Dominates Tour of Gila


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    American road cyclist Kristin Armstrong was out in front from the start of the New Mexico based Tour of Gila. Winning four out of the five total stages of the tour, including the first three, Armstrong blew away the competition, taking the overall title by more than six minutes.

  • On Top Of The World: Young Rory McIlroy Regains Golf’s World Number One Ranking


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    It only took a couple of weeks from the last time he slipped out of the top spot, but with his stunning performance at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, Rory McIlroy is ranked number one in the world, once again. McIlroy has been playing a game of tag with friend Luke Donald, jumping back and forth from the top spot in golf’s world rankings. With Donald idle this past weekend, McIlroy set his eyes on the top ranking, needing only a top seven finish at the North Carolina based tournament to ensure he’d reign supreme once more. By losing in a playoff to fellow 23-year-old Rickie Fowler, McIlroy did that and then some. While McIlroy achieved the world number one ranking, the duo made names for themselves, letting the veterans know there is a crop of youngsters that are quickly becoming the players to beat.

  • Runner’s High: Javier Gomez Noya Runs His Way To Third European Championship


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Triathletes are some of the most amazing specimens on the planet. Challenging their bodies to a swim, bike ride and run, these athletes are tested both mentally and physically while strategically making their way to a grueling finish. Oakley’s Javier Gomez Noya proved that he is the ultimate surgeon when it comes to precision in navigating a tough triathlon course. On a hot, windy day in Eilat, Israel, the Spaniard overcame a massive deficit to run his way to his third European Championship at the 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championship.

  • Bradley Wiggins Triumphs At Six-Day Tour Of Romandie


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Oakley cyclist Bradley Wiggins has put in too much hard work over the past winter to let a small mechanical problem ruin his performance at the Tour of Romandie. Wiggins overcame an issue with his bike chain at the beginning of the climb at Crans-Montana to ride to the overall victory. Beginning the day nine seconds behind Spanish leader Luis Leon, Wiggins was aided by his Team Sky teammates, led by world champion Mark Cavendish. Finishing Sunday’s final 10.25 mile circuit stage in a time of 28 minutes, 56 seconds, Wiggins was able to secure the overall tour title with a combined time of 18 hours, 5 minutes, 40 seconds.