As a child in school, one of the biggest incentives to participate in sports is the possibility of receiving a shiny new medal or trophy at the end of the season. This concept still rings true in part for professional athletes. Not only do iconic trophies mark a particular sporting victory, they also physically embody the blood, sweat and tears that led to this success.
Olympic Gold Medal
Although the Olympic Gold Medal is not technically a ‘trophy’, it would be shocking not to include it in this list. The Olympics are considered to be the highest level for many sports, subsequently, to win gold at the Olympics is a dream for many athletes across the world.
Arguably one of the most iconic trophies in the tennis and sporting world, the Wimbledon Cup is awarded to the winner of the Gentlemen’s Singles Championship. The cup is made of silver gilt and is a whopping 45 x 20cm. The words “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World” are engraved on the cup.
FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup Trophy was introduced in 1974 as an award for the winning team of the Football World Cup. It is made of 18 carat gold and weighs about 6kg. The design features two human figures holding up the earth.
The Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup is the most recognised trophy in professional Ice Hockey. It was introduced in 1893 and is made of silver and nickel alloy. The cup weighs around 15.5kg and is sought after by American and Canadian ice hockey teams.
The Calcutta Cup
The Calcutta Cup is a rugby union trophy presented to the winner of the Six Nations Championship between England and Scotland. The original 1879 cup is no longer in use due to its fragile state. Instead, both nations have full-size replicas.
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