Recent Action Sports News
Simon Dumont shouldn’t have been on the Superpipe podium last month in Aspen. Based on the condition of his wrists, he probably shouldn’t have had more than a commentator role at Winter X Games. Instead, there he stood on Day 2, a Bronze Medal around his neck and a left wrist wrapped in tape. There are characteristics about elite athletes that set them apart from the rest of us, and talent is just part of it. It’s also intestinal fortitude and a determination and dedication to put everything on the line. Dumont wasn’t going to sit on the sidelines despite his badly injured left wrist; that’s why he’s him and we’re us.
It’s the quest or the Holy Grail: Each year every action sports athlete worthy of their name aspires anew to win the X Games in Aspen. With 38 athletes competing in 15 events, Oakley brought home a total of 20 medals – 9 alone in snowboarding! But arguably the biggest news was Shaun White winning his 6th consecutive Superpipe gold. A dominating performance in the Superpipe, highlighted by a record 24.1 foot air, resulted in his 13th Gold medal in the discipline and his 23rd X Games medal overall!
It’s not every day that you sign an elite-level athlete with Jamie Anderson’s pedigree. A four-time Winter X Games gold medalist and a U.S. Olympic-hopeful, Anderson joined Oakley’s women’s snowboard team just as she was about to embark on her mission to defend her Winter X Games 16 slopestyle gold medal. She succeeded, and now she’s on to her next goal for 2013: qualifying for the top spot on the Women’s U.S. Snowboard Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. When you’re the best in the business at what you do, you set your goals high – and you partner with companies that match those only-the-best standards.