Industry News 1/29/2014

TEAM: Smith Optics' Global Athlete Team Heads to Sochi

Smith Optics’ Global Athlete Team Heads to Sochi
Press Release from Smith Optics

KETCHUM, Idaho (January 29, 2014) – With Olympic fever well underway and just 10 days until the competitions begin, Smith Optics is excited to announce several of its North American, European, and Asia Pacific athletes are headed to Sochi to compete in the XXII Winter Games.

A slew of skiers from the Smith Optics team will be representing America in the Games, including Bobby Brown and Nick Goepper each competing in the men’s slopestyle competition while David Wise and Lyman Currier will battle it out for the best in the men’s halfpipe as part of the US Freeskiing Team. Excitement abounds for the boys fresh off podium victories at the X Games in Aspen, CO this past weekend. David took home his third consecutive gold in the halfpipe while Nick defended his gold slopestyle title for the second year in a row. Annalisa Drew will also prove her prowness in the halfpipe as she competes on behalf of the US women’s team. On the other side of skiing, Lanny Barnes will be competing for the US in the biathlon challenge.

Lyman, son of Smith general manager, David Currier, will follow in his father’s footsteps who was also an Olympic contender at the age of 19 for alpine skiing in the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo. Video:

Ty Walker, a recent addition to the Smith Optics’ team, is a 16-year old female phenom who will be competing on behalf of the US Snowboarding Team in the women’s slopestyle.

Top-ranked Canadian female snowboarder, Alexandra Duckworth, will be representing Smith Optics in the women’s halfpipe along with teammate Derek Livingston in the men’s halfpipe. Fellow Canadians Keltie Hansen and Matt Margetts will be striving for podium spots for skiing the halfpipe in Sochi.

Representing the Asia Pacific region, New Zealand’s Anna Wilcox will be skiing slopestyle while Carl Murphy will be competing in the para-snowboarding competition. Australian athletes Jenny Owens will be undertaking women’s ski cross and snowboarder Holly Crawford will be representing in the women’s halfpipe. Ayumu Nedefuji will be competing for the men’s halfpipe in snowboard for Japan.

Smith’s European athletes will be representing from seven different countries. Skier Nils Lauper and Joel Gisler competing in the halfpipe and fellow snowboarder Nadia Purtschert competing for women’s halfpipe for Switzerland. The Swiss slopestyle athletes include Eveline Bend for skiing and snowboarder Lucian Koch. Fanny Smith will compete for women’s ski cross while Simona Mailer and Emelie Aubry will battle it out for snowboard cross for the Swiss team. Representing France, Anais Caradeux will compete in women’s ski halfpipe alongside teammate Johann Baisamy for men’s snowboard halfpipe. Italy will be represented by Sabrina Cakmakli on women’s skiing halfpipe and Lisa Zimmermann for women’s slopestyle ski. Two slopestyle skiers will represent Italy in the Games, Silvia Bertagna and Markus Eder. Clemens Schattenschneider will represent men’s snowboarding slopestyle for Austia, Vnjard Slatten will ski moguls on behalf of Norway and Emma Dahlstrom will ski women’s slopestyle for Sweden.

To stay up-to-date on the success of the Smith Optics’ team, tune into the Winter Olympic Games or visit

Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, Smith Optics, Inc. was founded in 1965 with the creation of the first goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam. Today, Smith is known for its diverse line of sunglasses, snow and motorsports goggles, snow helmets, premium protective eyewear and ophthalmic eyewear. Smith’s devotion to excellence, innovation, performance and style has made Smith the choice of action-sport athletes worldwide. Smith products are sold in more than 50 countries through sporting goods and specialty stores. For more information, check out Integrate Performance and Style.