Monday, 17 Jun 2024

The Wonders of Sport

I hope you are staying safe and healthy. As we gradually return to pre-COVID normality, the excitement of attending live sporting events is on the horizon. Which sporting events are you most looking forward to? The global sports calendar has faced cancellations and postponements since April 2020, but we have endeavored to keep up with the changes. The most significant event affected was the 2020 Olympic Games, which were originally scheduled for July 24 this year but have been pushed back by almost a year.

Just as there are Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, have you ever considered creating a list of the best Sporting World Wonders? These wonders would include iconic stadiums, events, and athletes that embody the essence of what we love about sport.

A Sporting Wonder from the Past

One of the wonders from the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Statue of Zeus, had a connection to sport. The ancient Olympic Games, held in honor of Zeus, the King of gods, took place in the ancient Greek city of Olympia. Sculptor Pheidias crafted an enormous, gold and ivory statue of Zeus in the 5th century B.C., towering at 40 ft high.

Adding to the Sporting Wonders

In 2007, a New Seven Wonders of the World list was created, and it included another sporting wonder – the Colosseum in Rome. Built in 80 AD, this arena is considered the father of all modern sporting stadiums and was primarily used for combat. The similarities between the Colosseum and today’s sporting events are striking.

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Our Own Wonder Lists

Inspired by these wonders, we have compiled our own lists of remarkable venues, events, and athletes. Please note that the items on these lists are not ranked in any particular order. The focus is on celebrating their unique contributions to the world of sport.

Seven Wonders of the Sporting World (Athletes)

Here are seven athletes who have left an indelible mark on their respective sports. These athletes not only excel in their chosen fields but also serve as role models and have gained recognition beyond their sporting circles. When assessing the greatest athletes, we also consider their off-court behavior, although exceptional performances sometimes make it difficult to exclude them, like Tiger Woods and Serena Williams.

  • Lionel Messi
  • Usain Bolt
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Roger Federer
  • Michael Jordan
  • Don Bradman
  • Tiger Woods

While both male and female athletes were considered for this list, the only female athlete who came close to making the top seven was Serena Williams. To give women’s sport the recognition it deserves, we have created a separate list to highlight the best female athletes.

Seven Wonders of the Sporting World (Events)

These are the top seven sporting events from around the world that every sports fan must experience. These events showcase the pinnacle of elite world sport.

  • FIFA World Cup
  • Summer Olympic Games
  • Tour de France
  • NFL Super Bowl
  • Wimbledon
  • Monaco Grand Prix
  • Baseball World Series

Similar to the athlete list, we have also created a list that specifically focuses on the best of women’s sport from around the world. These events shine a spotlight on the achievements of female athletes and are must-see spectacles for sports fans.

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Seven Wonders of the Sporting World (Venues)

These iconic stadiums from around the world are the ultimate destinations for experiencing the thrill of live sports. These venues stand out for their unique architecture and their status as the go-to places for various sports.

  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • Bird’s Nest
  • St Andrews Old Course
  • Wembley Stadium
  • Fenway Park
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Maracanã Stadium

Your Opinion Matters

These lists represent my personal opinions, and I understand that others may have different perspectives. The main hope is that these events can continue as usual, allowing everyone to indulge in the joy they bring. Let’s look forward to the future when we can collectively embrace the wonders of sport once again.

FAQs

Q: How were the athletes selected for the Seven Wonders of the Sporting World list?
A: The athletes were chosen based on their dominance in their respective sports, their overall athleticism, their positive influence as role models, and their recognition beyond the sporting world.

Q: Why is there a separate list for female athletes?
A: The separate list aims to highlight and celebrate the achievements of female athletes, showcasing their incredible accomplishments in the world of sport.

Q: How were the sporting events chosen for the Seven Wonders of the Sporting World list?
A: The events were selected based on their status as the most prestigious and highly anticipated sporting events globally. These events attract the best athletes and captivate audiences worldwide.

Summary

In this article, we explored the wonders of sport, from iconic venues to thrilling events and legendary athletes. These wonders captivate our imagination, reminding us of the power and passion that sport can evoke. As we eagerly await the return of live sporting events, let’s appreciate the incredible experiences they bring and celebrate the achievements of those who make them possible.

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Don’t miss out on the magic of sport—stay tuned for updates and get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of the sporting world!


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