/24-7PressRelease.com/ - February 27, 2005 - Oakley, Inc. (NYSE: OO) today reported that its athletes have earned sixteen medals in just the first three days of the 2005 Winter X Games, tallying six gold, five silver and five bronze. Professional athletes who rely on the company's technical apparel, eyewear and goggle technologies are scoring in the highest ranks of the ongoing competition.
"Oakley has become one of the most sought after lifestyle brands on the planet, but our foundation has always been the passion of alternative sports that define their own lifestyle," said Oakley President Colin Baden. "We are proud of the achievements of our athletes in the X Games. Each year, they redefine the limits of possibility. There is no better definition of our brand."
In snowboard slopestyle competition, athletes Shaun White and Jana Meyen earned gold. Both took advantage of Oakley's A Frame goggle, a vented dual-lens design with the clarity of XYZ Optics and the comfort of triple-layer polar fleece face foam. (Jana actually bought the goggle from a shop in Tahoe when she needed a new pair and wanted the best.) Awarded the bronze, Travis Rice launched off the huge kickers while wearing Oakley's Axel jacket and Troop pant. Silvia Mittermueller took silver in the women's competi¬tion with the Oakley Boss jacket and Minute pant, as well as the A Frame goggle in neon orange.
Poise and control brought gold to Grete Eliassen and Simon Dumont on the halfpipe. Both came to the mountain with OAKLEY THUMP , the world's first digital audio eyewear, to let pre-selected music calm nerves and stoke minds prior to competition. Simon wore Oakley's Medic ski apparel and A Frame snow goggle. Grete competed in Oakley's Boss jacket and Acquit pant, and chose the Oakley Wisdom goggle for its F-3 Series anti-fog, vented dual-lens design and optimized downward vision. It is the same goggle worn by women's bronze medalist Kristi Leskinen and men's silver medalist Tanner Hall, both of whom utilized Oakley tech apparel in competition.
Tanner's silver victory was repeated in men's slopestyle skiing, adding more heavy metal to his previous three gold finishes in the event. He competed in Oakley's Cohort 3.5 Cord jacket and Cartel 2.3 Cord pant, a combination that matches mobility with comfort. Bronze medalist Jon Olsson chose different eye protection than the 2nd-place finisher -- Jon swears by the wide-angle visibility of Oakley's Crowbar goggle, along with its optimized fit and the all-day comfort of its moisture wicking triple-layer face foam.
Offering up a crippler 540 on the first hit of each run, Oakley's Gretchen Bleiler earned her second SuperPipe gold. Gretchen took advantage of Oakley's A Frame goggle, Havoc jacket and Acquit pant. In the Oakley Wisdom goggle and Fast Operator one-piece, Dorian Vidal was awarded silver. In other women's competition, the silver went to Oakley's Erin Simmons in Boarder Cross. Erin wears the A Frame goggle in matte white.
Earning his seventh consecutive medal in SnoCross, Blair Morgan took gold with the Oakley SnoCross O Frame . The goggle's Lexan lens offers an optically pure shield, sealed with the comfort of triple-layer face foam and cleared by venting and F-2 anti-fog treatment. Blair is the second athlete to win four gold medals in the same X Games event.
Moto X Big Air gave the bronze medal to Oakley's Dustin Miller, who went straight from an air box grab to a no-handed lander. Just like 4th-place finisher Drake McElroy and 6th-place Ronnie Renner, Dustin uses Oakley's MX O Frame goggle for its durable yet flexible construction and the comfortably sealed fit of its triple-layer face foam.
Wearing Oakley's Cohort 3.5 Cord jacket, Cartel 2.3 Cord pant and Crowbar goggle, Pep Fujas took 1st at the AWOL in Aspen. The event features a 30-foot wall for skiers and snow¬boarders, plus a live band. Second place was earned by Oakley's Mickael Deschenaux in the company's Medic snow apparel and Wisdom snow goggle.
Originating in 1995 as the "Extreme Games," the X Games offer mainstream exposure to alternative sports. Each year, the competition showcases Oakley's latest and most innovative tech¬nologies in performance products. Oakley teams range from Snowboard and Ski to Moto X and Snowcross. By utilizing the company's products in competition, Oakley athletes validate the science behind the company's 600 worldwide patents and three decades of performance technology.
About Oakley, Inc.
Oakley: a world brand, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science. Building on its legacy of innovative, market-leading, premium sunglasses, the company also offers an expanding line of premium performance footwear, apparel, accessories, watches and prescription eyewear to consumers in more than 100 countries. Trailing-12-month revenues through September 30, 2004 totaled $548.9 million and generated net income of $34.8 million. Oakley, Inc. press releases, SEC filings and the company's Annual Report are available at no charge through the company's Web site at http://www.oakley.com.
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