Pantene Olympic campaign

Pantene, one of world’s leading haircare brands, has launched an exciting new campaign by introducing 11 successful female athletes as new health and beauty ambassadors, including Argentinian doubles specialist Gisela Dulko.

The athletes added to Pantene’s list of celebrity brand ambassadors, which already include Liv Tyler and Eva Mendes, are Jaqueline Carvalho (Brazil, Volleyball), Natalie Coughlin (USA, Swimming), Gisela Dulko (Argentina, Tennis), Paola Espinosa (Mexico, Diving), Evgeniya Kanaeva (Russia, Rhythmic Gymnastics), Wu Minxia (China, Diving), Victoria Pendleton (UK, Cycling), Annamay Pierse (Canada, Swimming), Aya Terakawa (Japan, Swimming). Additional athletes are to be announced later.

Below is a preview of the Pantene ads for Evgeniya Kanaeva, Natalie Coughlin, Paola Espinosa and Victoria Pendleton, due out in June:

Pantene Olympic campaign

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Nadal had an exceptional year in 2008: he reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time, won a fourth consecutive Roland Garros title and captured his first Wimbledon after an unforgettable thriller versus Roger Federer.

Rafa also represented Spain at the Beijing Olympic Games. After a tough three sets battle against Novak Djokovic in semifinal, he beat Fernando Gonzalez in the final to win his first Olympic gold medal.

Rafael Nadal

Fernando Gonzalez

Rafael Nadal

There’s not a lot to say about this match, a baseline battle with some spectacular points.

Rafael Nadal

This silver medal was the third olympic medal for Gonzalez: at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Fernando and doubles partner Nicolas Massu gave their country its first ever Olympic gold medal, when they defeated Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler of Germany to win the men’s doubles tournament. He also won a bronze medal in the 2004 men’s singles.

Fernando Gonzalez, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Tennis was part of the Summer Olympic Games program from the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics, but was dropped after the 1924 Summer Olympics.
After two appearances as a demonstration sport, it returned as a full medal sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics and has been played at every edition of the Games since then.

Do you watch tennis during the Olympics Games? Do you think tennis is really part of the Olympics family? Please share your thoughts.