Olympians That Don’t Medal

Every four years, the best athletes from all over the world converge into the biggest sporting event. All eyes are on these athletes as they compete and give their best for their countries and for themselves. When they emerge victorious, their families, friends and supporters from their countries celebrate their success and herald them as modern heroes. Everybody has a great time, and the winners make their mark in the legacy of their chosen field or sport. They make a name for themselves and make their nations proud.

What happens the Olympians that don’t medal? Nobody ever seems to notice the athletes who have failed to put themselves on the Olympic pedestal, especially when the event is all done and people move on with their lives. Sure, they can compete in another four years’ time, but what happens until then? This should not be a question for the more popular athletes, like those who have reached celebrity status – especially those who come from America. Making money would be as easy as posing for some commercial or advocating for a sponsor, a brand, a product. It all seems like they are having the time of their lives.

For the non-champions and those who have not had even a single endorsement, there is no other way to go but to return to their normal lives, whatever that may entail. It may be an office job, running a business, going back to school, or being with one’s family. People often assume that athletes do better in life, generally speaking, because of their intense training and the character values that they have built in the process. Confidence, diligence, discipline, perseverance, and hard work, to name a few. Many would be shocked to learn that this is not true for every athlete. In fact, many of the post-Olympian participants find it quite hard to resume their previous engagements or careers. A recent study shows evidence that athletes may be challenged a whole lot when making the shift back to regular life. Read more about this study from Jena McGregor’s article.

The Importance of Plaques

Plaques or commemorative plates are given to individuals or organizations to recognize something they have done or achieved. An example of the importance of plaques given to people are plaques of recognition which are most often seen given at a corporate event or movie star awards night. A government agency or organization may put a plaque on a building if the place becomes or is an important part of history.

Commemorative PlaqueOne example of a plaque that honors a person is the blue plaque. A blue plaque is a plaque given in UK to link a place and an important person together and serves as a historical marker. According to the article “Blue Plaque hour stars” in The Oxford Times, the childhood house of Ronnie Barker, a well known British comedian, along with the house where the deceased Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and his wife shared in Thames will have a blue plaque to commemorate the two celebrities.

Because plaques are made to remember a person, place or event, the value of plaques cannot be underestimated. A very old Chines plaque was unearthed and was auctioned. Because of the historical importance of the plaque, the bidding ended at $851,000! This just shows the importance of plaques to history.

It is easy to order commemorative plaques at QuickTrophy. Simply select the size, type, and style of plaque you want and follow our easy to use plaque layout screen. You can choose the font, the font size, and font effects such as bold or italics. And you can see what it will look like with an on-line instant proof. If you are still concerned with the look, simply request a proof when you place the order and our engravers will email you a proof for approval prior to producing your plaque.

QuickTrophy Mission

As a team, we have been reviewing and revamping our QuickTrophy mission. And in the process, we have discovered a few things about ourselves that we knew, but apparently never realized. We always identified QuickTrophy as the fastest trophy company on the planet. And most likely we are, but what happens if someday someone makes trophies as fast as we do, or even faster? Would we lose our reason for being? So we decided that the “Fastest Trophy Company in the World” tag line should be replaced by something more personal. Of course, we would still strive to be the fastest, and that feature would serve our customers very well, too. But what else do we do? What do we do that will positively impact not only our customers, the people who buy our trophies and awards, but also impact the people who eventually receive the awards? And how can we positively impact the people here, who make the trophies, awards, plaques and medals? The answer finally came at our last staff meeting: “We build pride into all our products”.

This mission or strategic direction affects how we perceive the work we do. Knowing that the trophies we build will help the person who presents them to the children feel proud of the positive influence they have had on a persons life. The person who receives the trophy or award or plaque will feel proud too, of their accomplishment.

“We Build Pride into all Our Products” is just the beginning of our QuickTrophy mission statement, but it is the part that we all remember and the part that most influences us in our day to day work at QuickTrophy.

Plaque Engraving Layout

Customers will often call us and ask for help in either plaque engraving layout or what text to use when engraving plaques. To help with the plaque engraving layout, QuickTrophy has several samples available on their website. When you get to the page that asks for plaque engraving instructions, there is a link labeled “Want some plaque ideas?”. When you click on this link, it shows several plaques with different engraving designs and layouts. If you select one of the sample plaques, the web site automatically fills in the engraving template to match the example selected. Simply change the text you want to appear on your plaque and the process is complete! For instance, change the name in the example to the name you want, change the dates and events in the same way and the formatting will stay the same. If you want to delete a line, select it and hit the space bar to replace the text with an invisible space. It’s easy to look like a professional!Plaque Engraving Layout

The Ultimate Fantasy Football Trophy

Fantasy Football Season is here! And it seems like there are more and more fantasy football leagues every year. So at QuickTrophy we have been receiving more orders for fantasy football perpetual trophies to commemorate the league winners than wUltimate Fantasy Football Trophye ever have. So we got together all the trophy magicians here at QuickTrophy to design some new fantasy football trophies and we came up with some very nice new ideas.

The ultimate fantasy football trophy, though, is a stunning trophy that features a shiny, metallic gold resin football resting atop a 2 tier polished rosewood base. It is truly a thing of beauty. There is still room for the league plaque plate on the top tier and room for 32 individual winner plates on the bottom tier: Each side will hold 8 individual plates. So the trophy will still be in use until the 2040’s!

And the trophy is massive! The rosewood base pieces are solid wood and the total weight of the entire award is nearly 15 pounds. This ultimate fantasy football trophy will be coveted by every team player!

Cheerleading Season

Cheerleading at sports events started on college campuses in the 1880’s. These early cheerleaders were people who were part of the audience and worked to get everyone cheering together. It was not until 1898 that University of Minnesota student Johnny Campbell stood in front of the audience and directed their cheers. This made him the first modern cheerleader and thus began modern organized cheerleading.cheerleading season trophy

Today nearly every high school in America has a structured program for cheerleading seaspm to lead the cheers of the crowds at football, basketball and other major school sporting events. Compared to the early cheerleaders, modern cheerleading has become more of an athletic feat – and a competitive event as well.

And with any competitive athletic event, there are always awards and trophies that go to the winners and the participants. QuickTrophy makes lots of different cheerleading trophies and awards to recognize the winning teams and to commemorate the cheerleading season.

Football Trophies

Ffootball trophiesall is in the air, school is back in session, and Friday Night Football is back on the schedule! And so is Thursday Night Football, College Football, and Professional Football. And Flag Football, pick up teams, co-ed leagues, and weekend get together football games. It seems like at this time of year, football is as much a part of our lives as raking leaves. To commemorate the big game or the end of the football season, what could be more appropriate than football trophies?

At QuickTrophy, we have all kinds of football trophies and awards to commemorate the important football events in your life. A great football trophy to present to the aspiring football player is the QuickTrophy Football Cup Trophy with a gold football runner figurine atop a gold cup that is mounted on a column and a slant front marble base. It looks really sweet and is a pretty hefty award. This trophy will be appreciated for years and the memories will last a lifetime.

New Motorcycle Trophies

We recently added a full line of motorcycle trophies and awards to the QuickTrophy web site. All trophies feature a 4″ golden figurine of a classic Softail Motorcycle. The idea of adding a line of motorcycle trophies came from a customer who called this past summer and needed some trophies for their annual antique motorcycle show.

The fleet of trophies ranges from small to large, depending on your needs. The entry level award is a 5″ trophy with the motorcycle on a slant front marble base. This would be perfect for commemorating an event like a reunion or fund raiser. At the other end of the spectrum is the Perpetual Motorcycle Trophies which features a double wood base and room for 32 individual plates. This trophy would be perfect for an annual event where an individual is recognized – like an antique motorcycle show.

Motorcycle Trophies

Environmental Packing Peanuts

Living in an area like Marquette, Michigan, with Lake Superior across the street and the woods and hills of the wild UP just a few miles away, we at QuickTrophy are all very conscious of the environment and our impact on it. This concern for the environment extends to the way we pack and ship our trophies.

Whenever possible, we reuse packing materials to decrease the amount environmental impact of our operations. To provide added protection to our trophies and reduce the amount of packing peanuts, we wad up newsprint to stuff around the edges of the box. Then we fill the center of the box with packing peanuts. Recently, we switched from green packing peanuts made from recycled plastic to environmental packing peanuts made from cornstarch. These cornstarch based peanuts will dissolve in water – how cool is that! They cost more than the packing peanuts made from recycled plastic, but when the QuickTrophy team discussed the options, we decided that the extra cost was worth it.

When the weather is nice we open the windows and doors to let the fresh lake air flow through. Because of this, I’ve always been concerned that loose peanuts could find their way outdoors. And if they did, the wind could easily blow them across the street and into Lake Superior. But now, with dissolving packing peanuts, it won’t matter if they escape or not.

Marquette Marathon Medals

For the 2nd year in a row, QuickTrophy has worked with the organizers of the Marquette Marathon to help produce the Marquette Marathon medals. Last year we created the medals in-house by sublimating their race logo onto 2″ discs and adhering them to bright gold medallions and attaching blue ribbons for the marathon finishers and gold ribbons for the half marathon finishers.

This year we worked with a foundry to create die cast medals. They are thicker, heavier, and present a strong contrast with last year’s medals. Overall, they turned out very, very nice. If you have questions about our sports medals for sale, please call customer service at QuickTrophy, and we will gladly help you.

The Marquette Marathon follows a bike trail around town and back through the downtown area and along the lake shore before looping around Presque Isle for the final 2 miles. It is a relatively flat, fast course with awesome scenery (3 light houses) and to top it off, it is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

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