O Stars Rule
Whether they appeared in Oakley sunglasses or Oakley Goggles, many Oakley athletes were in the glare of the spotlight over the past seven days. For the designer's elite snow and ski teams, the Winter X Games saw them battle for podium spots. On the dirt, it was one star in Oakley MX Goggles who shone brightest: Ryan Villopoto.
Having secured his first win of the AMA Supercross season in Anaheim, RV went one better at Oakland as he notched up a second consecutive victory. Villopoto never looked in danger of conceding his lead either, leading from start to finish.
All of the drama in the main event came inside the first corner, with Oakley duo Justin Barcia and Bubba Stewart colliding with Chad Reed. As the dust settled, it became clear Stewart and Barcia couldn't continue. Meanwhile, Davi Millsaps put in another superb display to claim second, ahead of Ryan Dungey. Villopoto's win sees him occupy third spot in the overall standings, eight points behind leader Davi Millsaps and one behind second-placed Trey Canard.
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It was a Winter X Games to remember for Oakley athletes too. In skiing and snowboarding, athletes donning Oakley skiing goggles plundered 14 medals. That total included nine for snowboarding (three gold, three silver, three bronze) and five for skiing (three silver, two bronze). Levy LaVallee also claimed gold in the snowmobile freestyle final.
In the men's big air snowboarding final, it was a case of those carrying the O flag nailing gold, bronze and silver. It was Norwegian Torstein Horgmo who bested his team-mates. Just. Man-of-the-moment Mark McMorris took second as Stale Sandbech grabbed the final spot on the podium.
Shaun White proved he was still the man to beat in the pipe. He claimed his sixth consecutive snowboard superpipe victory, notching a record 15th gold at the Games. McMorris, meanwhile, proved untouchable in the snowboard slopestyle to successfully defend the title he won in 2012.
Check out our complete guide to the 2013 Winter X Games 2013 here.
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