Performance Sports Articles by Date

June 2012

  • Grand Opening: Fabian Cancellara Wins Fifth Tour de France Prologue

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The man they call “Spartacus,” Fabian Cancellara, opened the Tour de France in a way he has become accustomed to in recent years. Cancellara won the race-opening prologue for the fifth time in his career, following victories in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010. The reigning Olympic Time Trial Champion completed the 6.4km course in a day’s best 7 minutes 13.46 seconds, earning him the yellow jersey, at least for a day, if not longer. What makes Cancellara’s prologue victory even more impressive is the fact that he is coming off of a recent surgery to repair his broken collarbone, an injury he received during a crash in Flanders. The RadioShack-Nissan rider finished 7 seconds ahead of one of the overall Tour favorite’s and fellow Oakley rider, Bradley Wiggins (Sky). Reigning Tour de France Champion, Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) finished 13th on the day, 17 seconds behind Cancellara and 10 seconds behind Wiggins.

  • Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish Wins First General Classification Title

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish looks to carry over his current success into this year’s Tour de France. The young rider claimed the first general classification victory of his career earlier in June, winning the Ster ZLM Toer on Sunday by eight seconds over Lars Boom (Rabobank).

  • Cadel Evans Quietly Enters 2012 Tour de France As Serious Repeat Threat

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Australian Cadel Evans made history last year becoming the first man from his country to win the overall title at the Tour de France. Since his Tour victory, Evans has had a slightly mild season. The difference between his build up to this year’s Tour de France and last years is that the Olympics will quickly follow in 2012. Evan’s 2011 season concluded with the Tour de France victory, where this year he needs to also remain focused for the London Olympic race in August.

  • Bradley Wiggins Banks On String Of Major Victories Entering Tour de France

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Oakley’s Bradley Wiggins is widely considered by most to be a favorite to win this year’s Tour de France, despite the dominance of Australia’s Cadel Evens in 2011. The British cyclist is on fire leading up to this year’s Tour and has already amassed a list of impressive wins this season.

  • Oakley Is Poised To Continue Massive Presence At 2012 Tour de France With Cycling Stars and Innovative Product

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    If you’ve paid any attention to the Tour de France in your life time, you’ve seen no shortage of Oakley cyclists topping the podium at the most prestigious road cycling race on the planet. You’ve seen innovative product that not only looks fast and sleek, but provides the world’s greatest cyclists with the best possible eye protection. This year’s Tour will be no different.

  • Ticket Punched: Lolo Jones Is Headed Back To The Olympics

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The road hasn’t been easy, but why would she take the easy road anyway? Lolo Jones has spent her entire life overcoming hurdles, on and off the track, and this weekend in Eugene at the US Track and Field Olympic Trials was no exception. Fighting off pre-race jitters, a strange start in preliminaries and a rain delayed semi-final, Jones confirmed her spot on Team USA this summer in London where she will take on the best in the world in the 100-meter hurdles.

  • U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials: Day 1 Recap

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    On a damp and mildly chilly day in Eugene, Oregon, the track and field world was buzzing. Tracktown USA: Hayward Field at the University of Oregon was set to showcase to the country’s best track and field athletes, all competing for their spot on the United States Olympic Team and their chance to represent their country in London this summer at the Olympic Games. Day one was full of drama and suspense as Oakley’s Bryan Clay and Lolo Jones took to the track for their first attempts at returning to the Olympics.

  • Los Angeles Kings Win First Stanley Cup In Franchise History

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Rob Blake, Marty McSorley; just a few names in a long list of hockey greats that have played for the Los Angeles Kings since their foundation in 1967. With that all-star line up in the archives of basically every Kings record in the books, you’d think the franchise would have a sea of Stanley Cup banners hanging from the rafters of the Staples Center. If you were to ask any Kings fan, they’d tell you the same; it was about time to bring the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles. Kings fans were finally rewarded for their patience this season as their team secured the most coveted prize in all of hockey. Beating the New Jersey Devils in six games, the Los Angeles Kings became the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup Champions.

  • Title Defense: Rory McIlroy Looks To Triumph At The US Open In Consecutive Years

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Twenty-Three Year Old Northern Ireland golf phenom Rory McIlroy is back on U.S. soil, armed and ready to defend his 2011 U.S. Open title. The young golfer won his first major tournament last year at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, putting him on the map and ultimately rocketing him up the PGA’s world golf rankings. It was an emotional scene as McIlroy’s father was on hand to watch his son during one of the most important moments of his professional and personal life. McIlroy hopes to repeat his dominance this year at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.

  • Oakley Cricketers Score Big At Cricket South Africa’s Gala Awards Banquet

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    There was no bigger story in Test cricket this year in South Africa than Vernon Philander. Philander far exceeded expectations in his debut year, which made it only fitting that he was named both South African Cricketer of the Year and Sunfoil Cricketer of the Year. Awards were given to some of the world’s best athletes at Cricket South Africa’s Gala Awards Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Oakley athletes were honored with most of the major awards at the gala.

  • U.S. Olympians Meb Keflezighi And Ryan Hall Top Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Diego

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    In a tune-up for their Olympic marathon in August, Oakley’s Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall showcased their dominance of the US distance running field at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in San Diego. Keflezighi and Hall are two of the three members of the US Marathon team, already qualified for the 26.2-mile event in London this summer. Fans are getting used to the sight of Keflezighi and Hall finishing 1-2 in events in which they both compete. Keflezighi topped Hall at the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, TX in January, both earning a spot in London.

  • Wallace Spearmon Charging Into US Track and Field Olympic Trials

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Twenty-seven year old Wallace Spearmon is the first to admit he had his hopes and dreams taken away from him in a matter of seconds at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Spearmon crossed the finish line of the 200-meter finals in China in third place. Ecstatic about an Olympic bronze medal, Spearmon was quickly stripped of his prize on a technicality. He had stepped out of his lane, disqualifying him from medal contention. Four years later, Spearmon is back on top of his game, armed and ready to redeem himself this summer in London. He is on a hot streak as of late, posting victories in four of his most recent races.

  • Downhill Mountain Bike Star Rachel Atherton Takes Val Di Sole By Storm

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The downhill mountain bike circuit has been without one of its most prominent figures for most of the past two seasons. Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) had been nursing a shoulder injury for much of that time, but this weekend at the second round of the Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy, she proved she is back and that she means business. The twenty-four year-old dominated the rough, technical course, finishing 4.485 seconds faster than any other woman on the course.