After this summer I'm starting my 11th grade. I would like to study physics at a top university (UK or US). But at the moment, I don't have any physics or mathematics olympiad prize. Do I need an International Olympiad to go to a top university? I'm confident my baccalaureate grade would be 10/10 at math and physics, and maybe 9.5 at literature so my average grade would be around 9.7-9.8. I'm also confident that I would have a good score at one of these tests they give before the admission (Oxford has a math-physics test, or the SAT tests). But I don't think I could manage to get in the International Olympiad. Are there any contests with international recognition, where you "invent" something? Like some sort of science fair? Or any international projects? I would rather build a robot or something pseudo-innovative and learn simultaneously math, physics but also programming, chemistry and even biology, than focus only on the math or physics olympiad. Do you know anyone that got into a top university (to study phyiscs) without any outstanding results in phyisics, mathematics? Do people like me have a chance?