As everyone knows, the Olympics are about more than sports. They’re about the human spirit and the whole world coming together as one. Or at least, that’s what we’ve been told over the years by commercials seeking to capitalize on the popularity of the Games in order to sell more cheeseburgers and laundry detergent.
Now, if that sounds like a cynical interpretation of Olympic commercials—well, I guess it is. But I will admit that, even though I know commercials are just trying to sell me stuff, and that Nike doesn’t really give a crap whether I realize my full potential, these stupid things still inspire me. And I’m willing to bet there are other people out there who feel the same way.
So today, in honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Opening Ceremonies, here are 15 great Olympic-themed commercials. I don’t want to give too much away, because it’s best to be surprised, but here’s a hint: half of them have Morgan Freeman narrating. So you know they’re good.
Why don’t you check them out?