Topend Sports Newsletter: 16 June 2020
The Wonders of Sport
From the team at Topend Sports, I hope that you are staying safe and healthy. Where I live we are slowly getting back to pre-COVID normality, and I hope you are too. For many of us, sport is back on, and the chance to go and see your teams live is hopefully not too far away.
What sporting events are you most looking forward to? Our major events world calendar has taken a beating, many of the events since April have been cancelled or postponed. We have tried to keep up but plans have been changing regularly. The major postponement was the 2020 Olympic Games, which was due to begin on July 24 this year, but is now due to start nearly a year later (hopefully!)
This newsletter is celebrating the wonders of the sporting world - the stadiums, events and athletes that epitomise what we love about sport.
There are Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, so why not a sporting version? Have you ever considered what might be the best Sporting World Wonders?
On the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, one of the wonders had a sporting link, the Statue of Zeus. The ancient Olympic Games were held in honor of their King of gods, Zeus. In the ancient Greek city of Olympia, sculptor Pheidias carved the enormous statue of Zeus, in the 5th century B.C. It was made of gold and ivory and was reputed to be 40 ft high.
A New Seven Wonders of the World was created in 2007, and includes another sporting link, the Colosseum in Rome. This arena, built in 80 AD, was one of the first great classic stadiums and is considered the father of all modern stadiums. The arena was primarily a stage for combat, not unlike the sporting events of today.
We have created a few wonder lists of our own below, one for each of venues, events and athletes, listed in no particular order. You can check out more details of these seven wonders lists on Topend Sports. We'd love to hear your comments about these selections.
Seven Wonders of the Sporting World (Venues) — the top 7 sporting stadiums from around the world. These are iconic and 'the' place to watch the chosen sport. They are unique, architecturally striking and stand out in the world of sport.
- Panathenaic Stadium
- Bird's Nest
- St Andrews Old Course
- Wembley Stadium
- Fenway Park
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Maracanã Stadium
Seven Wonders of the Sporting World (Events) — the top 7 sporting events from around the world. These events are the mecca of elite world sport, the must-see events of every sports fan.
- FIFA World Cup
- Summer Olympic Games
- Tour de France
- NFL Super Bowl
- Monaco Grand Prix
- Baseball World Series
Seven Wonders of the Sporting World (Athletes) — the top 7 athletes of all time. A wonder must dominate in their chosen sport, be a great athlete, a good role model for the sport, and have worldwide appeal so that their profile is known outside of their sporting circles.
- Lionel Messi
- Usain Bolt
- Muhammad Ali
- Roger Federer
- Michael Jordan
- Don Bradman
- Tiger Woods
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