Saucony Athlete Wallace Spearmon Triumphant at U.S. Trials
Record Number of Saucony Athletes Going to London, Strengthening Position As Leading Global Performance Running Brand and Bringing “Find Your Strong” Story to Life
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LEXINGTON, MA (July 2, 2012) â€“ Global performance running footwear and apparel brand Saucony, Inc. today announced that now two-time Olympian and â€œTeam Sauconyâ€ athlete Wallace Spearmon soared to victory in the finals of the men’s 200-meter dash at the U.S. Track and Field Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday night. In a time of 19.82 seconds, Spearmon, undefeated this year in the 200, seized the win and his chance for redemption in London after a lane violation deprived him of the bronze medal in Beijing in 2008. With his win, Spearmon leads a record number of London-bound â€œTeam Sauconyâ€ athletes from around the world, clearly strengthening Saucony’s position as one of the leading performance running brands globally.
â€œThe Trials were a proving ground for both our athletes and innovations, and we stood up to the test,â€ said Richie Woodworth, president of Saucony. â€œIt was an incredible win for the brand, bringing the â€˜Find Your Strong’ story to life through our powerful athletes while inspiring runners everywhere. Our technologies delivered at the elite level of performance that our athletes expect, and their achievements bore this out. We salute every athlete who toed the line in Eugene, especially our own â€˜Team Saucony,’ whose accomplishments clearly strengthen our position as one of the leading performance running brands in the world,â€ added Woodworth.
â€œTeam Saucony’sâ€ U.S. contingent heading to London includes: Wallace Spearmon (200-meter); Duane Solomon, Jr. (800-meter); Tianna Madison (100-meter); DeeDee Trotter (400-meter); Molly Huddle (5,000-meter); Lauryn Williams (4X100-meter relay team); and Keisha Baker (4X400-meter relay team).
â€œTeam Sauconyâ€ athletes competed in the brand’s latest evolution of track and field footwear, engineered with athlete insights and research from Saucony’s Human Performance and Innovation Lab. Designed with advanced FlexFilmâ„¢ and Pebax Spike PlateÂ® technologies and featherweight supportive synthetics, â€œTeam Sauconyâ€ performed in the lightest, fastest and most innovative spikes ever built by the brand, including the Showdown Sprint Spike, the Endorphin MD3 Middle Distance Spike and the Endorphin LD3 Distance Spike.
â€œThe Trials allowed us to showcase our award-winning technologies on the world’s best athletes in front of the most passionate and knowledgeable track fans on the planet,â€ said Woodworth. â€œNow, we can’t wait to raise the bar higher in London.â€
The following is a complete global roster of â€œTeam Sauconyâ€ athletes who are qualified for London:
Keisha Baker4x400M RelayUSA
Duane Solomon, Jr.800MUSA
Lauryn Williams4X100M RelayUSA
Dale StevensonShot PutAustralia
Taheshia Harrigan100M & 200MBritish Virgin Islands
Cydonie Mothersill200MCayman Islands
Dave WebbMarathonGreat Britain
Vicky HollandTriathlonGreat Britain
Kenia Sinclair800M & 1500MJamaica
Aleesha Barber100MhTrinidad & Tobago
Pater Vander Westhuizen1500MSouth Africa
Saucony, Inc.: Saucony, Inc., a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc., is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including ProGridâ„¢, PowerGridâ„¢ and ViZiPROÂ® apparel. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.
Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS) is a leader in bringing compelling lifestyle, fashion and performance brands for footwear and related accessories to consumers worldwide. The company operates three strategic units: Payless ShoeSource, Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG) and Collective Licensing International. Payless is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere and is dedicated to providing incredible value pricing for trend-right styles of footwear and accessories for the entire family to enjoy. PLG is focused on lifestyle and performance branded footwear and high-quality children’s footwear sold primarily through wholesaling, with its brands including Stride RiteÂ®, KedsÂ®, Sperry Top-SiderÂ® RobeezÂ®, and SauconyÂ®, among others; and Collective Licensing International, the brand development, management and global licensing unit, with such youth lifestyle brands as AirwalkÂ®, Above The RimÂ®, Vision Street WearÂ®, STRIKEFORCEâ„¢, Clinch Gearâ„¢, SimsÂ®, LamarÂ® and LTDÂ®, World Snowboarding Championshipsâ„¢ and HindÂ®.