Performance Sports Articles by Date

September 2011

  • New World Champ: Star Cyclist Mark Cavendish Claims World Road Race Title in Copenhagen

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Let the 2012 hype begin. Oakley’s Star Cyclist, on the heels of a Points Title at Tour de France, claimed a bold victory at the World Road Race Championships in Denmark by dominating a bunch sprint at the tail end of the race, effectively sealing the first Rainbow Jersey for Great Britain since 1965. But it was close. Really close.

  • Glory: Oakley Tennis Star Sam Stosur Claims US Open Title, Dominates Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The media and commentators focused on Serena Williams. Meanwhile, an overlooked Sam Stosur was well on track to shock the Tennis World. Oakley’s Aussie Tennis Star dominated the former champ – 6-2, 6-3 – in the US Open Final on Sunday, claiming her first-ever Grand Slam triumph after one of the cleanest, most aggressive matches in the sport’s recent history. The victory also handed Australia its first Women’s Grand Slam Singles champ in more than 31 years. But of course, the path to glory was no easy feat.

  • Vegas: Triathlon Star Craig Alexander Claims Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Nevada, Eight of Top 10 Finishers Rock Oakley

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Craig Alexander is a beast on a bike. Even when his bike has someone else’s front wheel for a minute. Oakley’s Two-Time Ironman World Champion powered through a flat tire on the bike course to emerge victorious at Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Last Vegas – topping the talent-packed field with a dominating run portion and an impressive ride after having to switch out the flat. The Shimano Bike Crew, who accidentally replaced his front wheel with one that sat earlier that morning on Andy Potts’ bike, quickly placed a new tire – allowing Craig to recover and power his way to the win. Potts, who pulled off an insane swim, lead for a bit. But a hard-charging Alexander took the reins on his bike – pushing the pace and bringing the lead group together.

  • The Hague: Brazilian Beach VB Stars Franca and Silva Top Walsh and May at FIVB Netherlands

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Kerri Walsh and her partner Misty May-Treanor definitely have a hump to overtake. And that hump is a pair of Brazilian Bombers. Oakley’s Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva topped fellow Oakley Beach Volleyball Star, Kerry, for the fifth time this year, claiming the Gold at The Hague Open in the Netherlands late August. After leading the Brazilians most of the first set – Larissa and Juliana stormed back for four straight points to take the game. It was cruisin’ from there – as the South American duo pulled away after an eight-all tie for the 21-17, 21-15 victory.

  • Track to 2012: Oakley BMX Racers Shanaze Reade and Marc Willers Sweep UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in London

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Think Supercross. Minus the motors…and with Olympic implications. BMX’s version of the two-wheel racing spectacle hit a fever pitch in London last month for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in the Olympic Park. And not surprisingly, Oakley dominated. Shanaze Reade laid the smack down and dominated the final on the Olympic ‘first course’ as fellow Oakley rider Marc Willers of New Zealand claimed the title on the men’s side. In a truly tough day for all athletes, organizers and track builders involved, 64 Elite Men and 32 Elite Women battled through a three hour rain delay and threw down after the sky cleared.

  • Storming Times Square: Tennis Stars Janko Tipsarevic and Sam Stosur Meet Massive Oakley Store Crowd and Media for US Open Celebration

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Armageddon was descending upon New York City. Or so it seemed. In the midst of sprawling metropolis’ first major shutdown of the entire public transit system (MTA) – in anticipation of Hurricane Irene – the city was in an eerie state of calm. But peering into Times Square, the cameras of the nationally prominent Dateline NBC program were curiously zoomed in at one location. One slammed location – filled with people. Tennis fans from across the globe, in town for the start of the US Open scheduled to start just a couple days later, packed the impressively placed Oakley Store for the scheduled “Hang with the Pros” event – set to feature ATP (Men’s) World Top 20 Ranked Janko Tipsarevic, WTA (Women’s) World No. 9 Sam Stosur and ATP World Doubles No. 1 Duo, the Bryan Brothers. And the media took notice. The fan-centered gathering, originally designed as a full presentation – complete with an MC from the Tennis Media, a DJ and a full run-of-show – was nearly cancelled, as NYC was supposed...