Performance Sports Articles by Date

September 2012

  • Oakley Riders Dominant at 2012 UCI Road Cycling World Championships


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The UCI Road and Time Trial World Championships were held over the past week in Holland and Oakley athletes topped the podiums of multiple events. Cyclists across both genders in team and individual competitions claimed the title of “World Champion” after some stunning performances.

  • Breakthrough Performance: Jenny Fletcher Wins First Ever Pro Event at IRONMAN 70.3 Branson

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Oakley athlete, Jenny Fletcher added another highlight to her already impressive resume. On top of her countless magazine covers, Oakley brand campaigns and TV commercials, the triathlete/model can now place IRONMAN 70.3 Branson Champion on her long list of accomplishments. Fletcher, the face of Oakley’s Fall running brand campaign, won in impressive fashion in Missouri, marking her first ever win as a professional triathlete.

  • Purpose Beyond Reason: Oakley Designers Spawn New and Improved Icon Sender For 2012 Red Bull Rampage


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Deep in the heart of the southern Utah desert, the world’s most outrageously talented mountain bikers will gather for this year’s Red Bull Rampage. Never seen the event before? It’s just as crazy as it sounds. Forty foot drops onto bone crushingly solid rocks, insanely large custom-built features designed to launch grown men to unimaginable heights and some of the world’s most crazed mountain bike riders willing to push the limits of gravity, speed and human capability.

  • Queen of the Mountain: Rachel Atherton Wins In Norway - Clinches Second Career Overall World Cup Title


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    All she needed was a fifth place or better finish in Norway, but that’s not Rachel Atherton’s style. The British mountain bike star crushed a stacked field at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup stop in Norway to claim the overall title for the second time in her career. Her win in Norway brought her season points total to 1450, putting her atop the women’s downhill mountain biking world once more. What’s even more impressive about Atherton’s season is that she was unable to compete in the first of seven World Cup stops due to a shoulder injury. Even with her absence in Pietermaritzburg, she was able to secure the season title.

  • Feeling the Heat: Sebastian Kienle and Leanda Cave Survive Scorching Las Vegas Temperatures to Win Ironman 70.3 World Championship


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    With temperatures reaching upwards of 100 degrees in the Nevada desert, the world’s best triathletes took to the course with their eyes on the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Germany’s Sebastian Kienle thinks he surprised a field of projected favorites, but runner up Craig Alexander seemed completely confident that Kienle deserved his title. Kienle broke away from the lead pack early in the bike portion of the race, citing it as the only way he was going to beat the stacked men’s field. Mission accomplished. On the women’s side Great Britain’s Leanda Cave conquered a world-class field of her own. Overcoming some early-year set backs, Cave dominated a stacked list of international competitors to claim the women’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

  • London Track and Field Round Up: Great Britain Dominates At Home


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Both rounds of the Games in London featured exhilarating track and field performances. Oakley athletes of all kinds succeeded during the second round of competition (especially those from the host nation).

  • Pair of British Discus Throwers Excel In Front of Home Crowd


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    A pair of British athletes have proven quite successful in the field discipline of discus in London. Both athletes secured podium spots in their various categories at the 2012 Games.

  • Canada's Michelle Stilwell Finishes First and Second on the Track in London


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Chasen Marshall

    While it wasn’t the result most people expected, Canada’s Michelle Stilwell was happy with a first and second place finish in London. Her fans likely expected the world record holder in the T52 100-meter and 200-meter races to finish first in both. “I don’t think you can be disappointed with any (medal from the Paralympic Games),” said Stilwell, who holds the world records in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. “I went out there and gave it everything I could and I’m ecstatic to come home with anything.”

  • On Fire: Rory McIlroy Extends Hot Streak At BMW Championship


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    There’s no better term to describe Rory McIlroy than “on fire.” The young Northern Irishman has been on a role as of late and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. As the golf world prepares for the Tour Championship and the conclusion of the FedEx Cup Playoffs in the upcoming weeks, McIlroy looks to be one step ahead of the game. The 23-year-old won his second tour stop in a row, claiming the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick on Sunday. Banking on his PGA Championship victory six days prior, McIlroy capped off another successful weekend with a final day 5-under 67 to hold off veterans Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood by two strokes on the weekend. This was McIlroy’s third Tour victory in his last four tournaments.

  • Tickled Pink: Oakley Canada Hosts Cyclist Ryder Hesjedal for a Surprise Watch Presentation


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Mark Royko

    With a grin that stretched from ear to ear, Ryder smiled. It’s not often you can read the emotions of the Victoria, BC native, but today he wore his happiness on his sleeve…or his wrist to be exact.

  • Allison Jones Continues London Success, This Time On The Road


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    American Allison Jones joined a very short list (one) of U.S. female athletes to take the top spot in both winter and summer Games. Jones, who took top billing in ski competition in 2006 in Turin, added a C1-3 individual time trial title to her resume on Wednesday. Jones had already achieved a third place finish in London inside the velodrome in the C1-3 individual pursuit. Additionally, she placed third in the Women’s C1-3 Individual Road Race on Day 8 of competition in London.

  • Javier Gomez Noya and Lisa Norden Top Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    One thing Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya and Sweden’s Lisa Norden have in common: they both just missed out on the top spot this summer in London. Another thing they now have in common: they both became a whole lot richer after winning the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend. The Hy-Vee is known as the largest purse in international triathlon competition and both athletes secured wins in the 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup division on Sunday.

  • Greg Minnaar Claims Second Career Mountain Bike Downhill World Championship

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    It had been nine years since South Africa’s Greg Minnaar won his first world championship, and this weekend it looked like not a day had passed since his first victory in 2003. Minnaar secured his second set of rainbow stripes this weekend at the 2012 Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships in Leogang, Austria.

  • Rory McIlroy Continues Winning Ways At Deutsche Bank Championship


    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy took very little time to return to his winning ways following his recent PGA Championship victory at Kiawah Island. The young golfer secured the Deutsche Bank Championship just three weeks after his victory in South Carolina. In a hard fought battle with the likes of Luis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods, McIlroy emerged victorious after shooting a final-round 67. His win in Massachusetts marked the third victory of the year for McIlroy and moved him to the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings.