Coca-Cola details Olympics programming, sponsorship (video)


Coca-ColaThe longest continuous supporter of the Olympic Movement is giving fans a closer look at some of Team USA’s personalities. This new work combined with the “Move To The Beat” global music collaboration, is the largest Olympic-themed marketing effort for Coca-Cola, which has sponsored the Games since 1928.

The new program spans advertising, limited-edition packaging, experiential marketing, online and mobile engagement and public relations; and includes eight new commercials spotlighting the inspirational stories of the Coca-Cola 8-Pack of Olympic and Paralympic Athletes: David Boudia (Diving), Henry Cejudo (Wrestling), Marlen Esparza (Boxing), John Isner (Tennis), Shawn Johnson (Gymnastics), Jessica Long (Paralympic Swimming), Alex Morgan (Soccer), David Oliver (Track & Field).

Eight new ads via Ogilvy & Mather, Wieden + Kennedy and Leo Burnett, are part of Coca-Cola’s Open Happiness campaign. They highlight the stories of athletes in the Coca-Cola 8-Pack will air across the networks of NBCUniversal, as well as in cinemas in heavy rotation throughout the Games. All of the spots urge audiences to support their athletes by purchasing Coca-Cola Olympic Games Collector Series cans.

1.) Olympian David Oliver tells us the importance of support from his family, coaches and his friends, and how now he always remembers to give back.

2.) Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson remembers the importance of the support of her whole community in helping her excel.

3.) Marlen Esparza, who will compete in women’s boxing in London, the Olympic debut for the sport, shares how her father is her constant support in becoming the ground breaking athlete she is today. This spot will be featured in Spanish on Telemundo.

4.) Jessica Long, a Paralympic swimmer and seven-time Paralympic Games Gold Medalist, shows us her global support network that has been such a big part of her life. Coca-Cola is also a long-time partner of the Paralympic Games.

5.) “Support Montage” highlights the athlete’s core elements – speed, strength, toughness and happiness – revealing the common thread that runs throughout: their need for support in their path to the Olympic Games.

6.) “Ceremony III” celebrates Coca-Cola’s long-standing support of the entire Olympic Movement. Coca-Cola has produced the third iteration of its Ceremony TV commercial, originally released in 2008 and updated in 2010. This year’s spot features Olympic, Paralympic and Special Olympics athletes receiving their medals in scenes from competitions over the last several decades. New this year are some members of the Coca-Cola 8-pack of Athletes.

7. and 8.) Two 15-second animated commercials bring the collector cans to life through animated silhouettes in the style of the new can designs. One spot features hurdling (Oliver), gymnastics (Johnson) and diving (Boudia); another focuses on soccer (Morgan) and tennis (Isner).

New limited-edition packaging can currently be found on store shelves nationwide. Multiple limited edition packaging phases and materials will rotate into the market now through the end of the Games in August, encouraging people to collect, get active, and support some of their favorite athletes and sports. Specially designed cans and fridge packs showcase action-shot silhouettes of Coca-Cola 8-Pack of Athletes. will serve as the digital hub designed to bring families closer to the Coca-Cola 8-Pack of Athletes. Activation on the site features the Coca-Cola 8-Pack of Athletes during a 10-week program that includes interactive athlete quizzes, instant-win prize opportunities and enter-to-win sweepstakes. Consumers can win customized prize packs designed to encourage healthy, active activities through items inspired by the athletes’ sports.

Coca-Cola also is encouraging teens to move to the beat of the 2012 London Olympic Games when they visit There, they can access special content that allows them to create a custom music beat, explore information on members of the Coca-Cola 8-Pack and sign up for SMS alerts during the Games.

In addition, Coca-Cola kicks off “On the Go with D.O.,” a My Coke Rewards promotion offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for moms to bring 2008 Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver (also known as “D.O.”) to their children’s school for an exciting “field day” of athletic activities. In the true spirit of the Olympics, “On the Go with D.O.” is designed to inspire consumers to get physically active with their families and rally the community together to cheer on Team USA as they compete in London for the gold. It’s just one more way Coca-Cola is encouraging healthy activity. See the spot here:

Coke also is offering fans a unique opportunity to see themselves in lights – larger than life – in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. By visiting, fans were able to upload a personal photo and brief message supporting Team USA hopefuls and athletes. If selected, their images and accompanying notes will appear on the giant, six-story Coca-Cola Times Square billboard on 7/18. Participants will receive a composite photo illustrating how they appeared on the big screen, which can be shared through social media and printed as a keepsake.


  1. Even worse, MUCH WORSE, is coca cola’s sponsoring of Fantasy Fest in Key West Florida. This is an *anything* goes carnival or is it carnal? They are definately not a family oriented company but are focused on filthy lucre anyway they can get it.

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