London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games posters
London tube stops re-named for Olympic stars
Win an ITF Olympic Book

Fashion and gear:

adidas unveils Great Britain Olympic kit – designed by Stella McCartney
Andy Murray adidas Olympic kit
adidas unveils Australian Olympic kit
Andy Roddick’s new Babolat Propulse 3 Stars and Stripes shoe
Caroline Wozniacki’s Olympic outfit
Caroline Wozniacki 2012 Olympics adidas dress
Olympics French adidas athletes by David Ken
Ralph Lauren unveils US Olympic Team closing ceremony outfits
Ralph Lauren unveils US Olympic team opening ceremony
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2012 Olympics adidas outfit
Li Na Nike Olympic kit
Roger Federer 2012 Olympics outfit
Venus Williams creates new collection for 2012 Olympics
Spanish Olympic team kit and uniform
Russian and Ukrainian Olympic kits
German Olympic team uniform

Marketing:

Pantene supports the Olympics: Healthy Is The New Beautiful campaign
Coca Cola “Eight-Pack” of Athletes for London 2012 Olympic Games
Juan Martin Del Potro in Coca-Cola commercial for London 2012
adidas wraps the Metro during the Olympic Games

A trip down memory lane:

1996 Atlanta Olympics: Gold medal for Andre Agassi
Nadal – Gonzalez Beijing 2008

Results:

Career Golden Slam for Serena Williams and the Bryan brothers
Gold medal for Murray
2012 London Olympics medallists

Polls:

Which country will win the most tennis medals?

  • USA (34%, 50 Votes)
  • Russia (18%, 27 Votes)
  • Spain (15%, 22 Votes)
  • Switzerland (9%, 13 Votes)
  • China (7%, 11 Votes)
  • Serbia (7%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Great Britain (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Italy (2%, 3 Votes)
  • France (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Germany (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Australia (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 149

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Who will win the women's gold medal?

  • Serena Williams (46%, 70 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (33%, 50 Votes)
  • Agnieszka Radwanska (9%, 13 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (5%, 7 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Kim Clijsters (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 151

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Who will win the men's gold medal?

  • Roger Federer (51%, 95 Votes)
  • Rafael Nadal (18%, 34 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (14%, 25 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (6%, 12 Votes)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (5%, 10 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 3 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Isner (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 185

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Ralph Lauren, official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, has unveiled Team USA’s official opening ceremony uniform (pics of the closing ceremony uniforms here)

Modeling the Opening Ceremony designs below are Team USA Olympic athletes Ryan Lochte, Bryan Clay, Giuseppe Lanzone and Heather Mitt:

The Ralph Lauren 2012 Team USA Olympic Collection for men, women and children is available now at Ralph Lauren retail stores and online, as well as Team USA Shop.

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By Andreas Plastiras. Check out his blog: Snap-Shot Sport

I was fortunate enough to get hold of a ticket to Court 3 at the All England Championships for the middle Saturday of the event. The day comprised beautiful weather, a stunning view of the action and I even witnessed history, as Yaroslava Shvedova won the first set of her match against Sara Errani in just 16 minutes and without dropping a point – a first for the WTA.

I also used my time at Wimbledon to keep a watchful eye over the sponsor activity both at the event, and around the surrounding area (Images at the bottom of the page)…

At the Event:

– On court branding, as per usual was seen from Slazenger (balls), IBM (service speed boards), Rolex (above scoreboard), Robinsons (bottles places strategically below umpire chair), Evian (water bottles provided to players) and Ralph Lauren (umpire, line judges and ball kids uniforms.)

IBM and HSBC booths located alongside one another near to Centre Court, and whilst the former raised awareness of the technologies it uses to generate statistical match analysis, the latter took the opportunity to enable its customers to gain a voucher offering free strawberries and cream.

Sony also acquired its own booth whereby fans could sample its 3D television technology. Upon entering, visitors were handed a leaflet that invited them to successfully guess the correct number of games that will be played in the men’s final (which will be shown in 3D at various cinemas) to stand a chance of winning a 40” Bravia television.

– As the official champagne of the championships, Lanson handed out leaflets that entitled spectators to a a £5 discount off of its products, whilst a competition enabled entrants to win a case of its new White Label champagne.

– The bright pink coloured Evian café included a large image of ambassador Maria Sharapova (who recently signed an extension to her deal with Evian) and gave people a chance to enjoy a quiet drink ahead of a busy day’s play

Digital:

– The stand out digital activity has been seen from Evian, where its #evianballhunt campaign gave consumers the chance to win VIP tickets to Wimbledon. Participants were given clues via Facebook and Twitter (@Evian_UK) as to the whereabouts of an Evian ball boy, and were asked to check in upon finding his location to stand a chance of winning.

– Official timekeeper Rolex invited visitors to its global YouTube channel where classic Wimbledon moments could be relived, whilst long-term ambassador Roger Federer also featured in short video interview as part of its “Rolex Rendezvous” series.

Slazenger launched a game via a Facebook app that required competitors to play a game of “keepy uppy” and score as many points as possible in a set period of time. Scores could be shared on Facebook.

Hertz launched a video diaries series via the “Live @ Wimbledon” tab accessible on both the official Wimbledon website and accompanying mobile app. Content consisted of player interviews whilst en-route to the grounds – official automotive partner of the French Open, Peugeot also did something similar earlier this year as part of its “Road to Roland Garros” series.

IBM has been raising awareness of its services through the launch of a video uploaded to its YouTube channel showcasing its new cloud technology. Along with the informative video, the brand is responsible for the official mobile app of the championships. A new feature on both the official Wimbledon website and the mobile app is the “Live @ Wimbledon” tab, which enables users to drop in at matches during key points.

Other Prominent Signage/Messaging:

– Upon walking through Wimbledon Village on my way down to the courts, I couldn’t help but notice prominent Evian branding, primarily through a number of flags that had been placed above shops around the village featuring the Wimbledon logo.

– Meanwhile, logistics company and ATP partner FedEx continued to use its “Live to Deliver” strapline on the sides of busses in the local area to promote its various business offerings

Hertz branding was visible on the sides of taxi’s transporting visitors to and from the grounds, outlining that is “driving the championships.”

– Upon exiting Wimbledon station visitors were greeted by an M&S display promoting its half price strawberries and cream offer. Platform ads could also be seen.

– Web domain site Go Daddy.com had acquired a large outdoor space opposite Wimbledon station and used tennis imagery and the tag line “take advantage” to promote its services (the brand has become well known in the US for its edgy and sexy Superbowl commercials.)

– ATP partner Compeed sent its “hit squad” to the surrounding area to issue free samples of its blister protection pads to spectators, demonstrating an understanding of the long distance walking required for those queuing for tickets.

NB Compeed ambassador and women’s world number one Caroline Wozniacki has fronted much of the brand’s recent advertising including this Pan-European TV commercial.

All in all, a cracking day out, and from my experience of the Wimbledon championships 2012, it seems clear that OOH has been a key part of the strategies of ambush advertisers, whilst official sponsors have in the main sought to put smiles on the faces of spectators by making the day out as stress free and enjoyable as possible, whilst also throwing in the odd competition or two…

All pics by Andreas, except Sam Stosur’s pic (source Sam Stosur Official Facebook)

Wednesday marked 100 days until the Olympic Games and events were held around the world to celebrate the countdown to the Opening Ceremony Parade in London.
In New York City, the US Olympic Committee transformed Times Square into an Olympic Village for the exclusive unveil of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s new “Raise Our Flag” program. Fans were invited to join U.S. athletes for the Team USA Road to London celebrations. As part of the festivities, Olympic competitors across a variety of sports provided a sneak peak of Team USA’s Olympic fashions designed by Ralph Lauren.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremony parade uniforms and village wear were unveiled in a Today show segment.

Olympic taekwondo medalists Diana and Steven Lopez revealed the men’s and women’s Closing Ceremony parade uniforms.
The women’s closing ceremony uniform pairs a white button-front blouse (emblazoned with a red, white and blue Team U.S.A. logo and the label’s Big Pony logo in navy) with a knee-length skirt that also buttons down the front to create a shirt dress look. The men’s version pairs a similarly logofied white button-front sport shirt and white pleat-front trousers, and both outfits are accessorized with silk repp-stripe belts in red, white and navy blue pattern, that, for the women, also appears on a silk scarf that ties at the neck.

Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay, Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Soni, 2012 Olympic gymnastics hopeful Aly Raisman and three-time Olympic water polo medalist Tony Azevedo modeled from the Ralph Lauren village wear collection including the mesh polo, Create Your Own USA polo, Olympic tank and tunic.

The opening ceremony looks will be revealed later on; in the meantime, selected pieces from the Ralph Lauren 2012 Team USA Olympic Collection are already on sale at RalphLauren.com.

Venus Williams is back to business: after a six month hiatus, Venus Williams returned to the court on Wednesday for a 6-0 6-3 win over Kimiko Date Krumm at the Sony Ericsson Open Tournament in Miami, and she is also relaunching her EleVen by Venus Williams fashion range.

The EleVen line first launched in 2007 as an exclusive collection for Steve & Barry’s and in 2010, EleVen partnered with Ralph Lauren on a capsule collection that sold online and at the US Open. The ready-to-wear clothing line has now relaunched with a capsule collection for Spring 2012.

The new line is divided into “Classic” and “Essential” styles with pieces ranging from dresses and skirts to sports bras and tees. EleVen has now expanded to include menswear as well, with polos, crew necks and v-necks among the offerings.

More info: elevenbyvenus.com