The London 2012 Summer Olympics brought excitement, tears, inspiration and surprise with Nike Vision athletes capturing the spot light, as well as the gold, in many different sporting events.
Although there were numerous memorable moments during the London Games, no one displayed true inspiration and heroism quite like the USA’s Manteo Mitchell. Wearing Nike Vision’s Tailwind 12, he ran the last 200m of the 4x400m relay heat with a broken left leg. Mitchell, who helped his team finish as the joint fastest qualifiers for the final (tied with the Bahamas) ran fierce with his Nike Vision eyewear securely in place.
“I knew if I finished strong we could still get the baton around. I saw Josh Mance motioning me in for me to hand it off to him, which lifted me. I didn’t want to let those three guys down, or the team down, so I just ran on it. It hurt so bad. I’m pretty amazed that I still split 45 seconds on a broken leg.”
Mo Farah, the Somali-born, west London-raised athlete gave a performance that was something to behold. Wearing his ultra-light, Nike Vision Skylon Ace sunglasses, Farah ran 10,000m in just 47 minutes, becoming the first British man to ever win the event. This moment in Olympic history will be remembered as something more than just a gold-medal win for the United Kingdom. The sound of middle England losing their minds, as Farah took the final strides for the finish line, took crowd enthusiasm to a whole new level.
Just in case Nike Vision had not put their performance eyewear through a rigorous multi-sport test, Trey Hardee thought he’d push them to the limits in the men’s Olympic decathlon. While Trey Hardee was wearing his Show-X2’s he performed flawlessly while jumping, running, throwing and hurdling through all ten track and field events.
While the men had no problem putting on successful performances, Nike Vision’s women athletes had an agenda of their own. Golden girl Misty May-Treanor jousted at the net, returned heated serves and dug impossible balls out of the sand, earning her third Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball. May-Treanor was able to wear her red, white and blue Show-X2s during almost every play of the Games, due to the interchangeable lenses that accommodate both day and night lighting conditions.
And although 16-year old Shiwen Ye couldn’t wear them in the pool, Ye was seen sporting Nike Vision’s Show-X2 Pros after winning two Gold medals in the 400m and 200m individual medley.