Performance Sports Articles by Date

June 2011

  • Champion Vision: Oakley Global Star Cyclists Set to Shine at 2011 Tour de France, Poised to Continue Winning Tradition

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew de Lara

    The past decade of Tour de France podium stars have had one common denominator. Championship vision. So it’s no surprise that a huge portion of Cycling’s elite have trusted Oakley’s patented technologies to help take them to the pinnacle of the sport. With Oakley-equipped athletes gracing the podium for each of the past 10 years of the Tour, a winning tradition has been established for the World’s best rocking the O for performance. And our team is poised to continue the tradition…big time…this year in France.

  • Road to France: Leopard Trek Cyclist Linus Gerdemann Dazzles at the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew de Lara

    Team Leopard Trek owned its rivals in Luxembourg City. The Oakley-sponsored team nearly bagged the final stage at the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg with Frank Schleck eventually ending up with second. But the glory was ultimately theirs, as Linus Gerdemann would take it home following a bold stage two triumph and the overall victory.

  • Road to the TDF: Oakley Cyclist Bradley Wiggins Triumphs at Critérium du Dauphiné

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Bradley Wiggins’ track to potential glory at the Tour de France kicked off in…well, France. Although fellow Oakley Athlete Joaquim Rodriguez claimed the final stage at Critérium du Dauphiné, it was Bradley who would take the overall victory with a one minute and 26 second advantage over yet another fellow O cyclist, Cadel Evans.

  • Showered With Honors: NHL Star Corey Perry Leads Fellow Oakley Hockey Athletes at League’s Award Show in Vegas

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    It’s no secret. Oakley Hockey Athletes dominate the ice. It’s not all that hard, of course…being that a whole host of the NHL’s top hockey players are Oakley-equipped smashers rocking their high-tech O visors whenever they suit up for battle. So it was only fitting that some of O’s best scooped up top honors at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas – lead by the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry, who grabbed the coveted Hart Trophy as the League’s Most Valuable Player to his team. He also claimed the Maurice Richard Award for most goals during the season. Fellow Oakley athletes Daniel Sedin (Ted Lindsay Award), Ryan Kesler (Frank J. Selke Trophy) and Nicklas Lidstrom (James Norris Memorial Trophy) all took home honors of their own.

  • Road to France: Star Cyclist Levi Leipheimer Claims Victory at the Tour of Switzerland

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    It didn’t look like he was gonna’ take it. But Oakley Star Cyclist Levi Leipheimer clipped rival Damiano Cunego for a grand overall victory at the Tour de Suisse after charging back from a two-minute deficit in the final stage’s individual time trial. Finishing off in 31 hours, 45 minutes, 2 seconds, he edged the yellow jersey-holding Cunego, who finished four seconds behind. With the successful result, Levi moves into the Top 20. Fellow Oakley athlete Fabian Cancellara smashed his way to his own win around the 20-mile circuit in the ninth stage – complementing an impressive time trial triumph on the first day.

  • O Showdown: Beach Volleyball Stars Larissa & Juliana Top Walsh & May at FIVB World Championships in Rome

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    There was fierce firepower on both sides of the net. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships went down in Rome with the powerful Oakley Brazilian duo of Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva facing off against fellow Olympic Star Kerri Walsh and her partner Misty May-Treanor. And as expected, it was a battle to the end. But the South American pair edged their American counterparts, 21-17, 13-21, 16-14, to claim their first Gold in the ancient city. The vibrant Brazilians lost twice in the World Championship Finals up to this year, including 2005 when they ran up against the wall that was May-Treanor and Walsh. They also secured a bronze medal in 2007. But this year, they were in form and a handful for anyone on the Planet to face.

  • Arrival! Golf Superstar Rory McIlroy Triumphs at U.S. Open For First Major Title, Dazzles the Sports World

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Rory McIlroy has officially arrived. And a new era has begun. Oakley’s young Global Golf Superstar emphatically shut the door on doubters and tough finishes this year by emerging victorious at the U.S. Open, smashing into the final round with a commanding eight-stroke lead and sealing the deal with an awe-inspiring final round – finishing two-under-par 69 for an eight-shot win. All while matching or breaking 12 U.S. Open records in his Custom Oakley Radar Path Eyewear and high-tech golf apparel. Dazzling the Sports World with a truly masterful display of unprecedented skill at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland, Rory dominated both the course and the headlines all week long. And Sunday was a picture perfect finish to a contest where he made U.S. Open history by setting the all-time low record after 36 and 54 holes. Rory became only the third player in U.S. Open history to return all four rounds in the 60s.

  • Smashing Records: Golf Superstar Rory McIlroy Breaks U.S. Open 36-Hole Low Record, Commands Lead Into Weekend

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    There are doubters out there. But make no mistake: Rory McIlroy is on a mission. Oakley’s Global Golf Superstar swung his way into Golf History on Friday – setting the Congressional Country Club (Maryland) ablaze by shooting 66 and a total of 11-under-par 131 in the second round of the U.S. Open. Not only is he holding a commanding six-stroke lead into the weekend, he also shattered the event’s 36-hole low record in its 111 years in existence. No other player in history has ever scored better than nine under par through the first two rounds of the Open. Ever.

  • Worst Enemy: Tennis Star Janko Tipsarevic Reveals His Toughest Opponents on Video

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Sports like Tennis are as much of a mind game as they are pure athleticism. No one knows this better than Oakley International Tennis Star Janko Tipsarevic. He recently revealed his three toughest opponents. And not surprisingly, he’s really, really close to one of them. Janko is currently raging into the semifinals at the AEGON International 2011 in Eastbourne after topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(2). He’ll take on World No. 59 Kei Nishikori of Japan next.

  • Four Queens: Tennis Star Duo Bryan Bros. Victorious in London, Tally 72 Wins in Career Doubles Finals

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Four queens…enough for a Royal Flush. Make it Four Royal Flushes for every one of the Bryan Brothers’ victories at the Queen’s Final as part of the Aegon Championships in London. The dominating Tennis Duo – Bob and Mike – took their fourth triumph on June 13, topping Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes 6-7, 7-6, 10-6. Their success in England was topped off with a killer career stat: 72 career doubles finals wins.

  • Armed for Battle: Stanley Cup Final Rages On as Canucks and Bruins Rock Oakley Visors

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The action is hitting an insane intensity level. With biting incidents, extra rough fouls, bad blood and some truly World-Class play, the NHL Stanley Cup Finals are raging on. After the Vancouver Canucks powered out of the gates to a 2-0 series lead with commanding victories, Boston’s strong 8-1 victory in game three has momentum shifting for a truly competitive series. Despite bitter rivals clashing head-to-head, the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins have one thing in common. Both sides are packed with Oakley-equipped warriors.