As a high school gymnast at a Colorado high school in 1997, Jill Abbott still remembers seeing a Gatorade ad pitting Michael Jordan against Mia Hamm in a variety of athletic competitions. The basketball and soccer stars faced off in everything from tennis and track and fencing while a remake of the show tune "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)" played in the background.
“I distinctly remember this moment of pause that Gatorade had come out and put Mia Hamm and Michael Jordan on the same playing field and thinking how incredible that felt as a teen athlete, as a female high school athlete, to see a brand like Gatorade talk about how powerful Mia is in the same way that they were talking how powerful Michael was.”
Today, as Gatorade’s head of consumer and athlete engagement, Abbot helped remake the 24-year-old spot with a new pair of stars. The new ad, from TBWA\Chiat\Day, shows U.S. soccer legend Abby Wambach and track icon Usain Bolt squaring off on the stationary bike, a speed skating rink and even at the ping-pong table. Jordan and Hamm make cameos at the end, renewing their ad rivalry in a golf putting green, where Hamm appears to come out on top.