Shining In Sochi: Oakley Performance Sports Athletes Bring Home Plenty Of Olympic Hardware
It was another record year for all of the Team Oakley athletes at the Winter Olympics. 2014 saw Oakley athletes bring home an astounding 84 total medals from the Sochi Olympic Games in Russia and the performance sports athletes were no slouches. From gold medals in alpine skiing, speedskating, hockey, biathlon and more, the Oakley performance sports athletes proved why they are the world’s best, competing on the world’s biggest stage.
As we put the closing touches on another magical rendition of the Winter Olympic Games, we reflect back on two weeks of fierce competition on the mountains adjacent to the Black Sea in Russia. Sochi did not disappoint. There was drama. There were thrills and spills; crashes and triumphs; jeers and tears. But in the end, the Games went off without a hitch and Oakley athletes took to the grand stage, seizing their moment to shine.
Before we put Sochi behind us and look towards 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea, we are taking a look back at some of the standout performances from some of the top Oakley performance sports athletes during the Russian Games.
Sport: Alpine Ski – Slalom Medal: Gold Country: USA
Undoubtedly the most recognizable and history making Oakley performance sport medal came in the form of Mikaela Shiffrin’s slalom gold. The teen sensation became the youngest woman ever to win the slalom event gold. She also became the first U.S. woman to win the Olympic slalom since Barbara Cochran won at the 1972 Winter Games. Shiffrin beat her competition during the two run event by an impressive 0.53-second margin. The reigning world champion now has the title of Olympic Champion to add to her resume. Quote: “It’s an amazing feeling to win an Olympic gold. It’s going to be something that I chalk up as one of my favorite experiences for the rest of my life, but my life is not over yet.”
Sport: Men’s Ice Hockey Medal: Gold/Silver Country: Canada
The more than stacked Canadian Men’s Ice Hockey Team lived up to every expectation this winter in Sochi. The defending Olympic gold medalists took out all of the competition to repeat their top performance from four years ago. The narrowly held off defending silver medalists Team USA in the semi-finals this year, winning by a 1-0 margin. They went on to defeat Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal round. Sweden took home silver while Team Finland won the bronze.
Quote: “It feels heavier than it is. Pulls your neck down.” – Canada’s Chris Kunitz said of his gold medal.
Sport: Speedskating – 1500m Medal: Gold Country: Canada
29-year-old Canadian Charles Hamelin was the defending gold medalist from Vancouver in the 500m and 5000m speedskating relay, but now he has a gold in the 1500m to his name; an event in which he placed 7th in 2010. Hamelin’s time of 2:14.985 seconds was enough to hold off China’s Han Tianyu for the top billing.
Quote: “It’s so many emotions,’’ Hamelin said. ‘‘I have put so much work into it.’’
For more Oakley achievements in Sochi, check out our Action Sports Olympians HERE.