The 2000 summer olympics
The U. This result also marked the first sweep of the event since the Soviet Union's in Australian unity Cathy Freeman, the Australian athlete, had the honour of lighting the Olympic torch at the Opening Ceremony.
But no athlete was bigger than the Olympic Games themselves. Sydney and Australia set a standard that the Olympic Movement will long remember.
The 2000 summer olympics
This result also marked the first sweep of the event since the Soviet Union's in Olympic swimmer since in Sydney and showed his youth by taking the wrong athlete credential to the pool and forgetting to tie his swimsuit strings before his first race. Four athletes from East Timor also marched in the parade of nations as Individual Olympic Athletes and marched directly before the Host country. That victory went to the Dutchman, [Pieter van den Hoogenband], who also won the [ metres freestyle]. Magic Monday, they called it. The opening ceremony began with a tribute to the Australian pastoral heritage of the Australian stockmen and the importance of the stock horse in Australia's heritage. Swimming the last leg, Thorpe passed the leading Americans and arrived in a new world record time, two tenths of a second ahead of the Americans. In the m freestyle, year old Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe won gold by breaking his own world record in front of a jubilant home crowd. After lighting the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremony, Cathy had the world watching. Sadly, in , she confessed to steroid usage during the period of the Olympics, and all of her medals and results were annulled. Elated, she ran a victory lap carrying two flags: the Australian and Aboriginal.
During the parade of nations, North and South Korea marched under a unified flag, a historic first for the games. The blame fell on the doctor, and the women who were upgraded in the final medal standings all reportedly said Raducan was the deserving winner.
The Olympic flag was flown at half-staff during the period as a sign of respect to Samaranch's wife.
China won the gold medal in the men's team all-around gymnastics competition, after being the runner-up in the previous two Olympics. Because Bibi Salisachs the wife of Juan Antonio Samaranchthe IOC President was seriously ill and not able to accompany her husband to the Olympics, former Australian Olympic Champion swimmer and member of the Parliament of New South WalesDawn Fraseraccompanied Samaranch during the Australian cultural display, explaining to him some of the cultural references that are unfamiliar to non-Australians.
Olympic swimmer since in Sydney and showed his youth by taking the wrong athlete credential to the pool and forgetting to tie his swimsuit strings before his first race.
The accomplishments and recognition of Freeman were an important milestone for Australian Aboriginal peopleswho were still struggling for their place in Australian society see Sidebar: Cathy Freeman: The Heart of a Nation.
During the games, competition with the United States amped up both in and outside of the pool. This created the appearance of the flame being carried away into the sky, flying in a northeasterly direction out across Sydney Harbour and ultimately towards Athens in a symbolic handover.
2000 winter olympics
The U. The ceremony continued, showing many aspects of the land and its people:- the affinity of the mainly coastal-dwelling Australians with the sea that surrounds the "Island Continent". She later won the gold medal in the metre event. She was recently reunited with the suit she wore on Sept. It was produced and filmed by Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation and the home nation broadcaster, Channel 7. She performed with several Aboriginal dancers atop the Geodome Stage in the middle of the stadium, around which several hundred umbrella and lampbox kids created an image of Aboriginal dreamtime. British rower Steven Redgrave won his fifth consecutive gold medal, an unmatched feat in his sport. That victory went to the Dutchman, [Pieter van den Hoogenband], who also won the [ metres freestyle]. Karelin had won gold in Seoul , Barcelona and Atlanta.
Michael Phelps became the youngest U.
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