Performance Sports Articles by Date

July 2012

  • London 2012: A Week In Photos

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    Check out some of the best photos from our first week of competition here in London. There have been some awesome images from around the city and inside the Oakley Safehouse at the Design Museum in London. Be sure to view some of the best of the best…

  • Sprint Finish: Lizzie Armitstead Lands a Second Place Finish in the Women’s Road Race

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Elishia Matta

    The morning dawned on day two in London with more uncharacteristic sunshine and the promise of a spectacular women’s road race on the horizon. That promise was upheld by the 66 riders representing 35 different countries across all 140-kilometers of the grueling race, the weather however, was a different story. Adding to intensity of this fiercely competitive field, the weather took a turn for worst leaving riders to contend with hearty wind gusts and pelting rain while navigating the already perilous course.

  • Air Pistol: South Korea’s Jin Jong-Oh Triumphs in 10m at London’s Royal Artillery Barracks

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Andrew De Lara

    It almost looked too easy for Jin Jong-Oh. South Korean Air Pistol shooter who charged into the 10m Finals with a four-point lead and sealed the deal with a 688.2 score at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London. Just 6.9 points shy of the World Record, Jong was challenged only by Italy’s Luca Tesconi and Serbia’s Andrija Zlatic, who claimed the second and third spots, respectively.

  • Seven Straight: South Korean Women Claim Women’s Archery Victory in London

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Andrew De Lara

    South Korea’s Archers continue their long-standing domination. At least on the feminine side. The women’s team topped China in the final at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, claiming their seventh straight team title with 210 points from their 24 arrows. Ki Bo-Bae, Lee Sung-Jin and Choi Hyeon-Ju tipped their country to the win by a single point as the contest came down to a single arrow to determine the victor.

  • Shootout: Danka Bartekova of Slovakia Claims Shooting Third After Dramatic Finish in London

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Andrew De Lara

    Shooting is one of the original sports of the modern summer games, which has grown from just three shooting events in 1896 to include 15 disciplines today. This summer 390 athletes from more than 100 countries will participate in shooting events at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

  • Alexandr Vinokurov and Rigoberto Uran Take First and Second In Men’s London Road Cycling Race

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    In a wild day of cycling in London, Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Vinokurov took the top spot on the men’s road cycling podium, followed closely behind by Columbia’s Rigoberto Uran. Vinokurov bettered his 3rd place finish in 2000 with his top performance today in London. While he was planning retirement following the 2012 season already, Vinokurov was more than happy to win the biggest race of his career during its final moments. Team Great Britain, who was considered a heavy favorite in the race, controlled the front of the peloton most of the day, but didn’t have enough in the end to top Vinokurov and the rest of the riders in front of them. The United States’ Taylor Phinney, finished just outside of podium position in fourth place.

  • Designed to Win: Oakley Technology Showcased at London Design Museum, Celebrated As Revolutionary Design For Sport Through History

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Andrew De Lara

    More than 600 patents in technology and design. Countless man hours in research, development and engineering. Absolute science wrapped in art. A Formula 1 racecar? Maybe a revolutionary performance bicycle? Think again. To the average consumer, it’s not completely apparent – at first – that when glancing upon a pair of Oakley eyewear, they’re looking at a true technological innovation. And when visiting Oakley’s stunning Safehouse for its 700+ athletes competing in the Summer Games, just one floor below in the London Design Museum’s basement, it would surprise even more people to find Oakley’s creations displayed alongside some of the most revolutionary creations for sports performance throughout history. As a part of the museum’s “Designed to Win” exhibit, which explores ways in which design has shaped the sporting world (coinciding with London’s biggest year of sport), Oakley’s sparsely-acknowledged contributions are stunningly revealed.

  • The Safest House in London: An Introduction to Oakley's Athlete Safehouse

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    Oakley takes great pride in its newest brand campaign – “Beyond Reason.” There is no greater proof of this than the Oakley Safehouse built to host the best athletes the world has to offer. London is teaming with media, fans and other distractions that could potentially hinder an athlete’s performance and experience during their preparation for competition. Oakley has gone to extraordinary measures to provide a safe haven for athletes to relax and feel at home in the midst of one of the most hectic times in their career. The 10,000 square foot safehouse, built inside the London Design Museum on the south bank of the Thames River, is the embodiment of Beyond Reason and Oakley’s commitment to its athletes.

  • Hell-O London! Oakley Kicks-Off the Summer Games with a Beyond Reason Event at the London Safehouse

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Andrew De Lara

    Hordes of passerbys walking along the River Thames, approaching London’s majestic Tower Bridge during the Games, can’t help be notice a stunning, crystal-like sculpture on the walkway. With alternating, glowing colors illuminating the object – reminiscent of a water drop forming (but not yet dropped) – it’s only apparent after a closer look that the piece of art is, in fact, built completely of clear Frogskin sunglasses. At that moment it is undeniable that the brand’s contagious passion for innovation and excellence has invaded the UK’s grand capital. Serving as a welcome to Oakley’s stunning Athlete Safehouse, housed in the London Design Museum, the sculpture is a clear symbol of the brand’s unique design and culture. The night before the Games officially got underway, Oakley invited select media in for a coveted first hand experience of just that.

  • London 2012: Photos of the Week

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    Posted over 1 year ago by John Ohail

    Oakley has hit the ground running in London. After years of planning, the Oakley Safehouse has come to life in the Design Museum on the River Thames. Check out some of the best photos of the sights and sounds of London as we prep for the upcoming competition.

  • Oakley's Janko Tipsarevic Heads To London With Confidence

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Oakley’s Janko Tipsarevic will head to London on a hot streak. Coming at the perfect time, heading into London, Tipsarevic won the Mercedes Open in Stuttgart Germany, improving on his previous top finish of 2012 – 2nd place in Chennai. Prior to the Mercedes Cup, he was the only tennis player ranked in the top 10 without a win in 2012. That all changed when the Serbian superstar defeated second seed Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in a rainy match.

  • Sportsmanship At Its Finest: Bradley Wiggins Shows Class Amidst Chaos

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The fourteenth stage of the 2012 Tour de France was lined up to be an epic battle including all of this year’s big names, jockeying for position in the overall individual time classification. The 119-mile stage ranging from Limoux to Foix was a beauty, with two massive climbs towards the end of the day. On the single-lane road up the Mur de Peguere, all the top contenders in the Tour were side by side, jammed in between a thick field of spectators. There is no explaining the grit riders show climbing the massive grades of the Tour de France. Once at the top, most of them are slightly relieved with the downhill race that follows. Unfortunately, that relief was marred at the top of the 9.3 km climb of the Mur de Peguere.

  • FDJ-BigMat Rider Pierrick Fedrigo Wins Stage 15 In Two-Man Sprint

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    French rider Pierrick Fedrigo collected his fourth career Tour de France stage victory on Monday and his second in Pau. The 158.5km (99-mile) Stage 15 from Samatan to Pau was mostly flat, leading most race followers to believe that sprinters like Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel would be racing for the stage victory. This wasn’t the case however; as a lead group of six riders (not including the aforementioned sprinters) went out from the get go, ultimately leaving Fedrigo and Garmin-Sharp’s Christian Vande Velde to fight it out for the sprint finish. With 200-meters to go, Fedrigo took off and Vande Velde could not counter.

  • Scottish Rider David Millar Wins Stage 12 Of The 2012 Tour de France For Garmin-Sharp

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    As NBC’s Tour de France commentator, Phil Liggett said during Friday’s Stage 12, “About 99 times out of 100, the lead group gets caught by the peloton (before the finish line).” David Millar, of the Garmin-Sharp team, wanted Friday’s race to be that one time out of 100. The Scottish rider shot out with a group of four other men roughly 15km into the longest stage of the Tour. The fivesome lead the race for over 211km, a feat in itself. With less than 1km left in the race, Millar made his move. Only Jean-Christophe Peraud could counter, but in the end, Millar had the strength for the victory, edging Peraud at the finish line. Millar’s win was the 35th victory of his career, the fourth stage win of this year’s Tour for British riders and the American Garmin-Sharp team’s first of the 2012 Tour de France.

  • Despite Punishing Fall, Pierre Rolland Emerges Victorious At Stage 11 Of The Tour De France

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The old adage goes: “If you fall, get up and try again.” French Europcar rider Pierre Rolland was a shining example of getting back up and trying again in Thursday’s Stage 11 of the Tour de France. The young cyclist was in the lead group of three riders on the final decent of the grueling Stage 11 when he misjudged a turn and went sliding to the ground. With his left hip torn open and blood spilling from his left elbow, Rolland exhibited the gutsiest performance of the day, pedaling himself back up to the lead. Rolland, sporting a custom pair of Oakley Radar Path sunglasses with True Digital prescription lenses, caught the two in front of him and shot out to a commanding 59-second lead, ultimately cruising to the victory. His win at La Toussuire, was his second Tour de France stage victory and marked back-to-back French/Team Europcar victories, as Thomas Voeckler won the 10th stage just a day before.

  • Catharine Pendrel Wraps Up UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Title

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    There was a battle high in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. The prize for the victor; a RockyRoads UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Championship. With her victory at the sixth stop on the cross-country World Cup series, Oakley’s Catharine Pendrel also secured the overall 2012 World Cup title. She highlighted a day that saw her LUNA Pro team take the top three spots in the race. Teammates Katerina Nash and Georgia Gould finished second and third respectively.

  • Tour de France – Week One Recap: Oakley Riders Exhibit Strong Showing During First Nine Stages

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The 2012 Tour de France is off and running, and as expected, there’s been plenty of excitement so far. 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. The first week of this year’s Tour has been no different. Oakley has been all over the map this year in Belgium, France and Switzerland, the three countries the Tour has passed through already.

  • Tour De France - Stage 7: Froome Wins Stage As Teammate Wiggins Takes Yellow Jersey

    Cycling : 99th Tour de France 2012 / Stage 7

    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    In the first summit finish of the 2012 Tour de France, things were lining up to be British Team Sky’s kind of day. With sprinters like early stage winners Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan expected to let the climbers have the glory on the day, the scene was set for the heavy contenders to compete for a stage victory. Enter Bradley Wiggins. Considered the rider who would give defending champion Cadel Evans a run for his money in this year’s Tour, Wiggins rode in the front of the peloton virtually the entire 199km of the stage from Tomblaine up to the Vosges mountains ski station of La Planche des Belles Filles. Protecting and pacing him during the grueling climb up the last 6km was his Kenyan-born, British teammate, Christopher Froome. Right behind them was Team BMC’s Cadel Evans. It was no surprise Wiggins and Evans were in the hunt right to the finish. However, Froome eventually captured the stage victory, as Wiggins and Evans seemingly ran out of gas coming up the final few m...

  • David Ortiz Soars Into The Record Books With 400th Career Home Run

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Since the days of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa battling for the single season home-run record, Major League Baseball has seen a resurgence of dominant pitching. Pitchers are developed from a young age and put through rigorous daily routine. The mechanics, speed and endurance exhibited from the mound are all second to none in today’s era, making pitchers stronger than ever. That being said, hitting a Major League home run is somewhat of a difficult task. Going even beyond that; hitting 400 career home runs in next to impossible. Don’t tell that to the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz. Big Papi hit his 400th career home run during a day game on July 4th in Oakland, making him a part of Major League history.

  • Perfection: Tennis Star Yaroslava Shvedova Plays The Golden Set

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    It’s been at least 44 years since any woman in professional tennis has done it, but during a third round match at Wimbledon, Yaroslava Shvedova recorded a “Golden Set.” What does that mean you ask? Shvedova won a full set, in perfect form. She won all 24 points and all 6 games in the first set against Sara Errani during a windy match in England. Shvedova herself didn’t realize the magnitude of her accomplishment until after the match. The crowd stirred into a frenzy on the final point of the set, leaving Shvedova a bit confused.

  • LPGA Star Ai Miyazato Rallies To Win Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Japanese LPGA golfer Ai Miyazato entered the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship tied for fourth place. It took a remarkable final day, 6-under 65 to rally from behind to capture the title. Her victory in Arkansas was her second LPGA win of the year and the ninth of her six-year career on tour. She shot an impressive 12-under for the tournament, narrowly defeating fellow Japanese pro, and good friend, Mika Miyazato.

  • Sprint To The Finish: Mark Cavendish Speeds To Tour de France Stage Two Victory

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Acclaimed sprinter and reigning world champion Mark Cavendish prevailed in an all out sprint to the finish in the second stage of the Tour de France. The 207km second stage began in Vise and finished in Tournai, with the Isle of Man native crossing the line first. This was Cavendish’s 21st career Tour de France stage victory. The 27-year-old Team Sky rider beat out rival Andre Greipel of Germany at the finish.