Performance Sports Articles by Date

August 2013

  • Title Defense: Nino Schurter and Julie Bresset Retain Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships in South Africa

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    Posted 8 months ago by John Ohail

    They’re called heavy favorites for a reason. Over the years, especially in those recent, Switzerland’s Nino Schurter and France’s Julie Bresset have proven why they are two of the most dominant riders in UCI Cross Country Mountain Biking. Schurter entered Saturday’s Men’s Elite race as the defending UCI MTB World Champion, 2012 London Olympic silver medalist, two time World Champion, three-time World Cup Overall Winner. To say he was expected to be one of the main contenders would be the understatement of the year. Bresset was also in South Africa as the reigning World Champion, but also the 2012 London Olympic Champion. Both riders would look to put the pace on their respective fields, and that they did.

  • 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships – Athlete Profile - Rachel Atherton

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    Posted 8 months ago by John Ohail

    The ladies of Downhill Mountain Bike need look no further than young Rachel Atherton for the girl to beat at the 2013 World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The 25-year-old British rider has made a habit of constant improvement throughout her career. Atherton was crowned the World Champion in 2008 along with the World Cup Overall Champion that same year, all while racking up four World Cup wins.

  • 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships - Athlete Profile - Gee Atherton

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    Posted 8 months ago by John Ohail

    It’s been an incredible 2013 for Gee Atherton. The UCI Mountain Bike Downhill circuit has actually been pretty much an Atherton show. Winning both the Fort William and Val di Sole World Cup stops earlier in the season, along side his little sister Rachel, older brother Gee is in the driver’s seat for another World Cup Overall title. Now there’s just one more goal for 2013: become the World Champion for the second time in his career.

  • Oakley Helps Struggling Lesotho National Cycling Send First Team To Mountain Bike World Championships

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    Posted 8 months ago by John Ohail

    Lesotho. Ever heard of it? Many people across the globe very well may not know what this word is. It’s not a company. It’s not a type of food. No, Lesotho is in fact a country. Even more, Lesotho is a very proud African country. Landlocked within the confines of South Africa, Lesotho is home to roughly two million plus people. It measures just over 11,500 square miles, has it’s own independent government and form of currency (the Maloti).

  • 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships – Athlete Profile - Nino Schurter

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    Posted 8 months ago by John Ohail

    If given the challenge, you’d have a harder time finding a race that Nino Schurter HASN’T won in his professional mountain biking career, rather than the alternative. The Swiss cross-country specialist has two Olympic medals to his name (bronze in 2008 in Beijing and silver in 2012 in London), two UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (2009, 2012), double digit career UCI Mountain Bike World Cup victories as well as two overall World Cup titles (2010, 2012).

  • 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships - Athlete Profile - Greg Minnaar

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    Posted 8 months ago by John Ohail

    It doesn’t get any better than this for Greg Minnaar. The local boy, the reigning UCI Mountain Bike World Champion. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa is where Minnaar grew up and it just so happens to be the venue for the 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships. While the reigning champ describes his 2013 season as “average,” there’s no doubt the South African has saved a little something special in the tank for his triumphant return home.

  • The Return of a Champion: Sam Stosur Is Back At US Open – Site of Her First Grand Slam

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    Posted 8 months ago by John Ohail

    Samantha Stosur has had a long and successful career in the sport of professional tennis. Anyone who knows the story of Stosur will easily point out that the 2011 US Open was without a doubt her most successful and career defining moment. Stosur ousted the best player in the world, Serena Williams in the final at Flushing Meadow to shock the world and collect her first, and only Grand Slam tournament title.

  • Australian Sam Stosur Returns To Winning Form At Southern California Open

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    Posted 9 months ago by John Ohail

    It’s been an admittedly tough stretch for Australia’s shining tennis star, Sam Stosur since she stunned the world in 2011, topping Serena Williams in the final of the US Open. Since her win in New York, Stosur had failed to secure another singles title, until Sunday. The 29-year-old entered the Southern California Open in Carlsbad as a wild card and fought her way to the event title, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-3 in Sunday’s final.