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On 9/2/2017 at 5:40 AM, Durban Sandshark said:

25 years ago this summer up to the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, Mexicans could collect up to 4 different collectors' edition bottle caps with mascot Cobi on them in sports such as soccer, judo, equestrian, and fencing off of Coca-Cola bottles. Does use some comedy aspects here you might expect from plenty of Mexican TV commercials. Coca-Cola's ad campaign slogan at the time in the early 1990s before giving way to Always Coca-Cola not long later in the decade was very much like our "Can't Beat The Feeling"--called here in Spanish as Viva La Sensacion! This was taken from either Televisa's or TV Azteca's 1992 Barcelona coverage as both shared it.

 

Cool trivia on that commercial.

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First one of the new year on this thread. And as we look forward to Pyeongchang 2018 next month, I'll feature one expected star in Swedish cross-country gold medalist Charlotte Kalla. In an interview with Calle Schulman discussing her tactics, her dominant winning, and style looking forward towards Sochi as well as her trademark smile, it seems that Charlotte is a little reluctant to share her secrets. But it's gets found out to her great shock and dismay that she secretly uses Oral-B toothpaste and toothbrushes in this playful 2014 commercial as if they're PEDs. Or maybe why her teeth aren't all white at this time:  

 

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A trio of Winter Olympic-themed commercials that appeared on Canadian TV back in 1988 with the Calgary Winter Olympics fast approaching back then running consecutively. First is the sentimental Petro-Canada ad centering a Canadian boy touches the incoming Calgary Olympic Torch that was momentarily shared with him as him and his family anticipating the torch relay coming along their neighborhood on its Canadian journey, thus living up to the "Share The Flame" song. Second one comes from GM Canada, makers of the official Calgary 1988 Olympic vehicles, with Canadian actors/athletes/models posing as Soviet hockey players, Japanese skiiers, and as local residents with the vehicles in front of the city's skyline and the Olympic Saddledome telling Canadian viewers in their languages to "join us" (Ensemble in French because this is Canada) in Calgary.  Finally, Royal Bank of Canada presents Canadian national figure skating champions Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall discussing the what the Royal Bank 1988 commemorative Olympic silver coins mean for Canadian Olympic athlete funding, something the Royal Canadian Mint did for Vancouver 22 years later. Funny, I just read about a Halls commercial starring bobsledder Chris Lori, which isn't present on YouTube right now, in the feedback to this video and saw it mentioned in a separate thread here. I'm interested in seeing that. Also that Bombadier commercial I just saw there, it looks like it was set somewhere in Bolivia or Peru. I know it was NEVER with an African family but initially thought the community and family set in it was more Central Asian like Kazakhstan or Krygyzstan.

 

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On 2/8/2016 at 6:04 AM, Durban Sandshark said:

Tonight during Super Bowl 50 brings Abby Wambach and Serena Williams along with Tony Hawk, Randy Johnson, Harvey Keitel, T-Pain, and a few others in BMW's Mini USA Super Bowl commercial in a campaign about defying labels for themselves. I long thought Abby was a Jeep girl and even drove one as a fave for her. Guess she switched over. Mini surely paid her lots of money to endorse and drive:

 

 

 

I remember this commercial! It was a month-long topic at the local shop when that commercial was released. One guy who's there for installation of a new set of tires and forged wheels for his truck mentioned her wife wanting to have a Mini for their next purchase.

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Sometime during the 1994-96 Australia, Cathy Freeman--at last we got to her here--took a moment to make and share some Bushells Tea and laughs with an older white Australian man, presumably a journalist in her Melbourne residence while admiring her Aboriginal art and her achievements like her Victoria 1994 Commonwealth Games gold:

Seamlessly using footage from Argentina's first Athens 2004 Olympic basketball game with Serbia and Montenegro, Visa Argentina, while also sponsoring Argentina's CABB basketball federation, shows what would've been coach Rueben Magnano  giving instructions and multiple drawings instead with Visa involved of drawing plays for a final play in the dying seconds. How was he able to do this? Worked like a charm in the end with Manu Ginobili's winning shot: 

 

 

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47 minutes ago, Durban Sandshark said:

Sometime during the 1994-96 Australia, Cathy Freeman--at last we got to her here--took a moment to make and share some Bushells Tea and laughs with an older white Australian man, presumably a journalist in her Melbourne residence while admiring her Aboriginal art and her achievements like her Victoria 1994 Commonwealth Games gold:

 

She’s actually having tea with Arthur Tunstall, an old fogey who used to be chairman of our Commonwealth Games Federation. He’s the one who sparked off an uproar when he officially reprimanded her for draping herself in the Aboriginal flaw after winning gold at Victoria 1994. So hence, that’s the joke in the ad, the two old foes having a friendly cup of tea together.

Edited by Sir Rols

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Going to close out a sporadic year for me in 2018 when it comes entries in this thread, especially in an Olympic year, with a couple of these starting with Belgium's Rio 2016 gold medalist hepathlete Nafissitou Thiam in a recently new Audi commercial powering its new full electric e-tron car on a treadmill at Audi's Brussels' factory that got uploaded in October. Would've like to add so many more but I got busy this year...

And we stay in the Benelux region with multiple speed skating gold medalist Ireen Wurst from the dominant Dutch speed skating powerhouse program driving along a quiet road in her native Netherlands in her Toyota juxtaposed with scenes of her training, skating practices, massaging, and winning her races from Justlease and worldwide Olympic sponsor Toyota under the What's Your Drive campaign. This is the full extended version. Directed by Marco Lubbers:

 

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Going back into it after several months away. Following is a series of Canadian Olympic-themed TV commercials that aired during the CBC's Nagano 1998 coverage. We get a couple of Chrysler Canada commercials with the first one dealing with a couple, Doug and Kathy, loading things in their Dodge Caravan minivan in record time; a Japanese girl watches a Japanese banner from the Canadian Olympic Committee becomes animated with all the caligraphy becoming a downhill skiing event to her delight from the Home Depot; from Coca-Cola comes an emphasis on "red is the colour" in the sights, reactions, and sounds of a nondescript hockey game (looks like a Detroit Red Wings game at Joe Louis Arena judging from the architecture minus the licensing issues); UPS profiles "those adorable darling Snowlet mascots" becoming a global sensation in their commercial with distributors coping with high demand to need UPS; a very 1990s Always Coca-Cola commercial saluting and cheering Team Canada in Nagano for its long-running and diverse Always Coca-Cola campaign during that decade; Visa encourages people to exclusively use Visa cards if you wanted to check out the most competitive men's hockey ever at the time using NHL stars and the first women's Olympic hockey in Nagano; and 4 men rushing from accounting rushing bobsled-style late to a meeting in their 1998 Chrysler Neon but still making it on time:

More South Korea into the mix with this more recent commercial coming when it hosted last year's Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Easy for me to select this given the fact that this contains English subtitles despite being on South Korean TV from the likes of SBS, KBS, and MBC. Here we have short track star Choi Min-Jeong for KT (Korea Telecom) ready to race and her narrating this commercial juxtaposing being an "unsurpassable" front-runner battling for victory on the ice skating for glory with leading the way in gamechanging 5G technology competition in celebrating the world's first Olympic 5G demo usage network as that Olympics' official communications partner. Choi's Olympic campaign was a little mixed: won gold in the 1500m race after getting penalized for interference in the women's 500m final that Italy's Arianna Fontana won despite setting a new Olympic record there she still holds. She also won Gold in the 3000m Relay. But in the 1000m Finals, she collided with another South Korean skater in Shim Suk-Hee and crashed, ultimately finishing 4th:

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Network Ten Australia and Virgin Video promoted this 1988 Australian Seoul Olympics video entitled Hand in Hand (after the theme song) after the conclusion of these Games that Australians would order by phone through mail order that was under A$30 before shipping and handling. They can relive all the top Aussie Olympic moments like Duncan Armstrong, the Hockeyroos, and Debbie Flintoff-King plus the disappointments on the Aussie team with everything else general culled from Ten's massive coverage that had more TV hours than even NBC for being on nearly 24 hours a day. Actually have a copy of this bought from Ebay years ago but still don't have a VCR that can convert with PAL and SECAM along with playing NTSC. This was of course before the financial collapse of what was to come for Ten soon afterwards from its last Summer Olympics presentation here...

The recently retired Lizzie Yarnold, one of Britain's most successful Winter Olympians, explains why she swears off tuna during her early days in transitioning to skeleton in a world of more experienced skeleton racers around her who were lighter and smaller than her in this Toyota Team GB commercial from last year. Filmed just before successfully defending her gold in skeleton

 

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Lifelong Snicker fan here. Always enjoy myself some Snickers! So did American skiier Karl Anderson en route to Sarajevo after Lake Placid back in 1984 to offset his "hunger feeling" before going downhill when he pitched for it--and "substantial" Snickers was the official snack food of the 1984 Winter Olympics! Alas, he didn't qualify for Sarajevo after Innsbruck and Lake Placid. Maybe he did this after he retired before 1984:

When Sydney, New South Wales, Australia was hosting the 2000 Summer Olympics, Westpac Bank put out a massive promotion towards endorsing and supporting its homegrown athletes it sponsors since 1997 and even beyond. But nothing like almost 20 years ago. Here in this humorous and then-innovative piece, the mothers and sisters of Australian Olympians swimmer Susie O'Neill, marathoner Kylie Risk, gymnast Lisa Skinner, hurdler Kyle Vander Kuyp, weightlifter Damian Brown, and javelin thrower Adrian Hatcher all try in vain at their famous world class family members' sports with great hilarity, all wondering aloud "I don't know how s/he does it". Thus reminding us all their athletes' elite skills:  

 

 

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There are many commercials that are my favorite but the commercial I like most is "The Only Difference Between Us". 

The commercial is really very heart touching as it shows the lady gave birth to twins and there one boy was not in the condition.

As time passes away they both finish their race at the exact same time and at last, it shows " Born 4.36 seconds apart is the only difference between us".

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Muhammad Ali could never stop talking about himself as The Greatest and the prettiest...and his mother Odessa Clay is getting annoyed of him saying that all the time with his "big mouth" as she makes him a beef hamburger from since-discontinued Bird's Eye 2 Quarter Pounder set to eat just to make him shut up. A funny commercial here, where she gets to throw back at him from that famous photo of her son, then named Cassius Clay, playfully jabbing her at the kitchen table in their Louisville home when she serves a plate full of juicy and tasty fried chicken. Nice to see them together. Gotta be from the late 1970s: 

Polish ski jumping 3x Olympic gold medalist star Kamil Stoch sporting 4F athletic gear and sneaker in a stylized brief commercial where he "challenges himself". The Krakow, Poland-based sportswear company 4F is an official partner for the Polish Ski Federation since 2007:

 

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In this compilation of commercials from a February 22, 1988 commercial break during ABC's presentation of the Calgary 1988 ladies' free skate comes one of my favorite Olympic-themed commercials of all time. Surely this commercial was aired all over ABC's broadcast and subsequently on NBC's Seoul coverage later that September. It's a poignant one from Dow Chemical Company coming in at 1:30 featuring Zdravko "Puska" Jezic with a black and white dramatization portrayed by an actor of a 1950s era Olympic medal ceremony anxiously getting awarded his silver medal with his Yugoslavian teammates. Interestingly, we only see he and his Yugoslav team on the podium minus everyone else on it.  The Serbian-born Jezic, albeit Croatian by nationality, mentions here how much he wanted to make his nation proud in winning a medal in his sport of water polo, which doesn't get mentioned here and won two silver medals during the 1950s in that sport in Helsinki 1952 and again in Melbourne 1956. Flash forward to 1987-88. Jezic mentions he since became an American citizen working with Dow as a senior projects director "working to help make medical surgeries safer" as part of another worthy team developing polymeric materials at Dow Chemical Company in the United States from 1966 until his 1992 retirement as Dr. Jezic before joining a team photo. He co-authored numerous scientific and technical papers and 13 patents in that time.  He received a degree in chemical technology from the University of Zagreb and in 1960 started working for chemical industry. Two years later, he obtained a PhD in organic chemical technology, and then spent a few years as a postdoctoral student at the University of Michigan before coming to Dow. Jezic died in New York on June 19, 2005 at the age of 75 and was posthumously enshrined in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010. A print ad version of this Dow 1988 Olympic-themed campaign appeared in magazines like Sports Illustrated. Don't know how he got the nickname Puska:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdCc-Gbloyg

 

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I do remember that 7 Sydney 2000 promo being on the beginning of the Sydney 2000 Olympic DVDs like the 2-disc Opening Ceremony one from Warner Home Vision Australia.

The Great One appears again for his endorsement of Canon's groundbreaking at the time Canon G70 photo camera back in 1985, showcasing his skills that rightfully called him the Great One and Canadian royalty. Canon was the official camera brand of the NHL at the time. Gretzky was right at the height of his powers back then happily winning Stanley Cups for the Edmonton Oilers back in the 1980s and deservedly was one of the top male athlete of that very decade. The 1980s were very, very good to Edmonton sports with not just Gretzky and the Oilers (packed with All-Stars and legends) but also the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos with coach Hugh Campbell and his QB Warren Moon winning multiple Grey Cups just before them...until that seismic August 1988 trade to Los Angeles when he was still in his scary prime brought all that winning to a screeching halt. There's actually another version of this commercial from the same shoot I hope to bring very soon from the same period with Gretzky that was also shown across Canada and the USA. Also notice not seeing the names above the numbers on his teammates' backs, which should detect to you they're not his actual Oilers teammates during filming His opponents may sport jerseys styled like the New Jersey Devils, a team he once infamously blasted the year before following a blowout game calling it "a Mickey Mouse organization" and got torched for it, but really have a fictional circular crest with a white A on it.

Now here's a more recent hockey hero in Norwegian star Mats Zuccarello (with the added actual surname Aasen)--the Zuccarello is from his mother's Italian heritage--with him practicing his shooting inside all by himself. Then with the New York Rangers during filming and airing (now with the Minnesota Wild on a 5-year $30 million contract starting this season). In this Unibets commercial, Zuccarello says translated "You must bet (that is in this Norwegian context, "bet" means dedicating or committing yourself) to win. It means very tough work every day. But it's worth it, because the joy of winning is the biggest there is," bridging both working on your sport and gambling. This stands out because active players really can't endorse vices for North American-based companies and context; we're still just shedding the stigma of it (complicated story and history owing to our largely Protestant heritage) with technology playing an important role. Gambling and booking on sports are normal and accepted across Europe with huge revenue generated annually. And of course it has the age restriction and gambling help noted:

 

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