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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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