Athens 2004

The most successful athlete of the Games was American swimmer Michael Phelps, who won six gold and two bronze medals. In the 200m freestyle, the most hyped event of the Games, he was beaten by Australia’s Ian Thorpe. Phelps won the bronze medal, with Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband, who successfully defended his 100m freestyle title at the Games, winning silver. The other real stars of the pool were Australian. Grant Hackett produced a swim for the ages in bravely winning his second 1500m freestyle gold medal. The women’s relay teams, led by 100m freestyle champion Jodie Henry and 100m butterfly champion Petria Thomas, stunned the world, especially the formidable US teams, in winning the 4x100 freestyle and 4x100m medley relay golds.

German kayaker Birgit Fischer became the first athlete in any sport to win two medals in each of five different Olympics. In the main stadium, Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj, regarded by many as the greatest miler the world has seen, won both the 1500m and the 5000m, ending his long quest for Olympic glory. In women’s events, Great Britain’s Kelly Holmes triumphed in both the 800m and 1500m.

Argentina achieved a rare double in men’s team sports, winning the football tournament without giving up a goal, and beating the vaunted US team on their way to a gold medal in basketball. It was the nation’s first basketball gold, a win engineered by Argentina’s own NBA star, Manu Ginobili. In women’s handball, Denmark won a record third consecutive gold medal, defeating Korea in a sensational final that was decided on penalty throws. 

 Yet it was the marathon, the most storied event of the Olympics, which best linked the present and the past of Olympic competition. The course followed its historic route, ending in Panathinaiko Stadium, the 2300-year-old stadium which was used as the main venue in 1896. Panathinaiko had earlier staged all four archery events, with Korea winning three of the four gold medals. The marathon winners, Mizuki Noguchi of Japan and Stefano Baldini of Italy, were cheered by tens of thousands of people seated in the marble stands. Another classical highlight was the men’s and women’s shotput events, which were held outside Athens in Olympia.

 These ancient venues, coupled with the state-of-the-art constructions such as the Olympic velodrome and Olympic Stadium, presented a sparkling image of both the revered ancient and dynamic new aspects of Greek culture and tradition. The spirit of the Greek people added an extra element to the mix to make these Games a truly special occasion.

Australian Olympians At The Games

Flag Bearers

Olympian Name Ceremony
Colin Beashel Opening
Petria Thomas Closing

Australian Medallists At The Games

Olympian Name Sport Medals
Craig Anderson Baseball
1
Nathan Baggaley Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
2
Suzanne Balogh Shooting
1
Steven Barnett Diving
1
Suzy Batkovic Basketball
1
Ryan Bayley Cycling - Track
2
Amber Bradley Rowing
1
Michael Brennan Hockey
1
Tom Brice Baseball
1
Sandy Brondello Basketball
1
Travis Brooks Hockey
1
Graeme Brown Cycling - Track
2
Simon Burgess Rowing
1
Adrian Burnside Baseball
1
Dean Butler Hockey
1
Marissa Carpadios Softball
1
Sara Carrigan Cycling - Road
1
Fiona Crawford (Hanes) Softball
1
Tim Cuddihy Archery
1
Ben Cureton Rowing
1
Peter Dawson Cycling - Track
1
Liam De Young Hockey
1
Nathan Deakes Athletics
1
Amanda Doman Softball
1
Jamie Dwyer Hockey
1
Patrick Dwyer Athletics
1
Peta Edebone Softball
1
Anthony Edwards Rowing
1
Nathan Eglington Hockey
1
Troy Elder Hockey
1
Dana Faletic Rowing
1
Trish Fallon Basketball
1
Gavin Fingleson Baseball
1
Bevan George Hockey
1
Drew Ginn Rowing
1
Paul Gonzalez Baseball
1
Grant Hackett Swimming
1
2
Rob Hammond Hockey
1
Boden Hanson Rowing
1
Brooke Hanson Swimming
1
1
Tanya Harding Softball
1
Loretta Harrop Triathlon
1
Mathew Helm Diving
1
1
Jodie Henry Swimming
3
Mark Hickman Hockey
1
Clinton Hill Athletics
1
Laura Hodges (Summerton) Basketball
1
Natalie Hodgskin (Shapiro) Softball
1
Kerry Hore Rowing
1
Lauren Jackson Basketball
1
Leisel Jones Swimming
1
1
1
Shane Kelly Cycling - Track
1
Nick Kimpton Baseball
1
Brendan Kingman Baseball
1
Michael Klim Swimming
1
Mark Knowles Hockey
1
Brett Lancaster Cycling - Track
1
Irina Lashko Diving
1
Craig Lewis Baseball
1
Sandra Lewis (Allen) Softball
1
Brent Livermore Hockey
1
Graeme Lloyd Baseball
1
Glen Loftus Rowing
1
Katie Mactier Cycling - Track
1
Antony Matkovich Swimming
1
Michael McCann Hockey
1
Bradley McGee Cycling - Track
1
1
Mike McKay Rowing
1
Anna Meares Cycling - Track
1
1
Alicia Molik Tennis
1
Simmone Morrow Softball
1
Tracey Mosley Softball
1
Stephen Mowlam Hockey
1
Robert Newbery Diving
2
Chantelle Newbery (Michell) Diving
1
1
Kerry Wyborn Softball
1
David Nilsson Baseball
1
Stuart O'Grady Cycling - Track
1
Trent Oeltjen Baseball
1
Mark Ormrod Athletics
1
Wayne Ough Baseball
1
Chris Oxspring Baseball
1
Todd Pearson Swimming
1
Stacey Porter Softball
1
Natalie Porter Basketball
1
Alicia Poto Basketball
1
Stuart Reside Rowing
1
Luke Roberts Cycling - Track
1
Clint Robinson Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
1
Melanie Roche Softball
1
Michael Rogers Cycling - Road
1
Brett Roneberg Baseball
1
Giaan Rooney Swimming
1
Ryan Rowland Smith Baseball
1
Sarah Ryan Swimming
1
Rebecca Sattin Rowing
1
Jane Saville Athletics
1
Jessicah Schipper Swimming
1
Grant Schubert Hockey
1
Belinda Snell Basketball
1
Rachael Sporn Basketball
1
Nicholas Sprenger Swimming
1
John Steffensen Athletics
1
Stevo Stephens Baseball
1
Craig Stevens Swimming
1
James Stewart Rowing
1
Stephen Stewart Rowing
1
Geoff Stewart Rowing
1
Phil Stockman Baseball
1
Stefan Szczurowski Rowing
1
Alice Tait (Mills) Swimming
2
Brett Tamburrino Baseball
1
Penny Taylor Basketball
1
Petria Thomas Swimming
3
1
Richard Thompson Baseball
1
Ian Thorpe Swimming
2
1
1
Natalie Titcume Softball
1
James Tomkins Rowing
1
Michael Toon Rowing
1
Allison Tranquilli (Cook) Basketball
1
Libby Trickett (Lenton) Swimming
1
1
Andrew Utting Baseball
1
Rodney van Buizen Baseball
1
Adam Vella Shooting
1
Natalie Ward Softball
1
Stuart Welch Rowing
1
Matt Wells Hockey
1
Loudy Wiggins (Tourky) Diving
1
Ben Wigmore Baseball
1
Brooke Wilkins Softball
1
Glenn Williams Baseball
1
Jeff Williams Baseball
1
Kristi Harrower Basketball
1
Stephen Wooldridge Cycling - Track
1

Australian Officials At The Games

Chefs

Official Name Position
John Coates Chef De Mission
Lynne Bates Assistant Chef De Mission
Peter Montgomery Assistant Chef De Mission
Michael Wenden Assistant Chef De Mission

Team Support Staff

Staff Member Name Position
Bob Elphinston Administration Director
Suellen Thompson
Lauren Calvert Administration Assistant
Kate Randall Administration Staff
Keith Kennedy Computer Technician
Michael Wenden Assistant Chef De Mission
Peter Brock Athlete Liaison Officer
John Eales Athlete Liaison Officer
Russell Mark Athlete Liaison Officer
Robyn Maher Athlete Liaison Officer
Laurie Lawrence Village Activities Co-ordinator
Michael Tancred Media Services Director
Alexander Hamill Assistant Media/PR Director
Julie Dunstan Media Manager
Greg Campbell Media Liaison Officer
Kevin Diggerson Media Liaison Officer
Tracie Edmondson Media Liaison Officer
John Gatfield Media Liaison Officer
Graeme Hannan Media Liaison Officer
Ian Hanson Media Liaison Officer
Katie Hodge Media Liaison Officer
David Mason Media Liaison Officer
Megan Mckay Media Liaison Officer
Gennie Sheer Media Liaison Officer
Michael Stevens Media Liaison Officer
Michael Wilson Media Liaison Officer
Peter Fricker Medical Director
Peter Harcourt Deputy Medical Director
Louise Burke Dietitian
Linda Philpot Clinic Administrator
Bradley Hiskins Head of Massage Services
Peter Eckhardt Physiotherapist
Jennifer Cooke Physiotherapist
Andrea Mosler Physiotherapist
Denny Shearwood Physiotherapist
Anthony Ward Physiotherapist
David Fox Operations Director
Peter Brockington Operations Manager
William Arnott Operations Coordinator
James Shergold Operations Coordinator
Robert Myers Security Director
Bill Hanington Security Officer
Craig Phillips Support Services Director
Anne Wilson Accommodation Manager
Sally Bacon Support Services Assistant
Megan Sissian Support Services Assistant
Paul Mudge Support Services Assistant

Sport Specific Support Staff

Staff Member Name Position
John Chaplin Section Manager
Kisik Lee Head Coach
Matthew Lee Coach
Dianne Barnes Section Manager
Carol Grant Assistant Section Manager
Keith Connor Coach
Timothy Barbour Doctor
Nic Bideau Coach
Gary Bourne Coach
Vince Cavallo Massage Therapist
Andrew Dawes Coach
Gregory Hull Coach
Michael Khmel Coach
Phil King Coach
Brent Kirkbride Physiotherapist
Mark Ladbrook Coach
Andrew Lambart Physiotherapist
Shane Lemcke Physiotherapist
Steven Lemke Coach
Clifford Mallett Coach
Scott Murphy Coach
Alexandre Parnov Coach
Bruno Rizzo Massage Therapist
Ernest Shankelton Coach
Rudolf Sopko Coach
Mark Stewart Coach
Brent Vallance Coach
Grant Ward
John Fitzgerald
Geraldine Brown Section Manager
Ning On Sze Head Coach
David Nagy Section Manager
Jon Deeble Head Coach
Philip Dale Coach
Paul Elliott Coach
Tony Harris
Phil Jauncey Psychologist
Bruce Rawson Physiotherapist
Simon Roberts
Marian Stewart-Hudson Section Manager
Brian Goorjian Head Coach
Jan Stirling Head Coach
Brendan Joyce Assistant Coach
Ken Shields Coach
Karen Dalton Assistant Coach
Christopher Lucas Coach
Stephen Evans Physiotherapist
Robert Beveridge Video Analyst
Scott Burne Doctor
Annette Tonkin Physiotherapist
Adam Sachs Section Manager
Stephen Tutton Head Coach
Steven Anderson Coach
Craig Marshall Coach/Manager
Ronald Pengelly Section Manager
Bodo Andreass Head Coach
Geoffrey Peterson Coach
Peter Horne Section Manager
Richard Fox Section Manager
Myriam Fox Head Coach
Michael Druce Coach
Peter Clark Coach
David Foureur Coach
Terrence Hutchings Coach
Brett Kemble Physiotherapist
Michael Flynn Section Manager
Shayne Bannan Head Coach
Peter Barnes Doctor
Martin Barras Coach
Margaret Barry Masseur/Chiropractor
Gregory Boorer Mechanic
James Bullen Mechanic
Tammie Ebert Sport Scientist
Andrew Gardner Sport Scientist
Damian Grundy Coach
Yvonne Lees Massage Therapist
Kelly Linaker Sport Scientist
Ian McKenzie Coach
Dennis Mungoven Mechanic
Gabrielle Murphy Massage Therapist
Neil Stephens Coach
Karin Stephens Seigneur
James Victor Coach
Julie Kent Section Manager
Wang Tong Xiang Coach
Peter Panayi Coach
Hui Tong Head Coach
Gareth McKeen Section Manager
Wayne Roycroft Head Coach
James Dunn Coach
Denis Goulding Vet
Graham Potts Vet
Heath Ryan Competitor
Vladimir Sher Coach/Manager
Alwyn Wardle Coach
Gary Moretti Section Manager
Joanne Fernandes Section Manager
Frank Farina Head Coach
Adrian Santrac Head Coach
Graham Arnold Head Coach
Kevin McCormack Coach
Anthony Franken Assistant Coach
Martyn Smith
Anthony Crea Medical Staff
James Ilic Doctor
Andrew Jowett Doctor
Ronald Smith Assistant Coach
Adam Hewitt
Berthy May Seigneur
Lesley Gelis Physiotherapist
Julian Russell-Jones Physiotherapist
Karen Myers Section Manager
Peggy Liddick
Mikhail Barabach Coach
Nikolai Lapchine Coach
Vladimir Vatkin Coach
Lisa Bradley Coach
Keren Faulkner Physiotherapist
Ray Dorsett Section Manager
Sharyn Simpson Section Manager
Barry Dancer Head Coach
David Bell Head Coach
Colin Batch Assistant Coach
Toni Cumpston Assistant Coach
Mark Hager
Peter Baquie Medical Director
Carmel Goodman Doctor
Neil McLean Psychologist
Mark Stokes Physiotherapist
Kingsley Gibson
Jeremy Davy Coach
Larry McIntosh Coach
Ian Hicks Video Analyst
Jacqueline Potter Technical Staff
Luis Val Section Manager
Peter Herrmann Head Coach
Angela Deacon Coach
Milos Kovacik Coach
Gerard Adams Coach/Manager
Wayne Diplock Section Manager
Peter Huggett Assistant Section Manager
Noel Donaldson Head Coach
Harald Jahrling Head Coach
Darren Balmforth Coach
Reinhold Batschi Coach
Robert Bleakley Coach
Adrian David Coach
Nicholas Garratt Coach
Urs Graf Boat Man
Peter Le Compte Coach
Antonio Maurogiovanni Coach
Lyall McCarthy Coach
Timothy McLaren Coach
Christopher O'Brien Coach
Susan Everett Physiotherapist
Ivan Hooper Physiotherapist
Robin Yarrow Doctor
Vicki Eustace Massage Therapist
Matt Young Massage Therapist
Graeme Roberts-Thomson Section Manager
Victor Kovalenko Head Coach
David Adams Coach
Arthur Brett Coach
Michael Fletcher Coach
Dayne Sharp Coach
Erik Stibbe Coach
Brendan Todd Coach
Bunny Warren Coach
Donna White Physiotherapist
Vicki De Prazer Psychologist
Brett Young
Maurice Andrews Section Manager
Gregory Chan Coach
Anatoly Babushkin Coach
Miroslav Sipek Coach
Sergei Evglevski
Darien Roach Massage Therapist
Nicholas Sanders Sport Scientist
Sue Tomlinson Video Analyst
Simon Roskvist Head Coach
Lloyd Howlett Assistant Coach
Kere Johanson Assistant Coach
Terry Downes Specialist Coach
Edward Fitzgerald Physiotherapist
David Aitken Technical Staff
Karen Moras-Stephenson Assistant Section Manager
David Wilson Section Manager
Glenn Beringen Coach
Roger Bruce Coach
Denis Cotterell Coach
Jo-Anne Hare Massage Therapist
Pierre Lafontaine Coach
Tracey Menzies
Shannon Rollason Coach
Mark Thompson Coach
Alan Thompson Head Coach
Stephan Widmer Coach
Kenneth Wood Coach
Timothy Brown Physiotherapist
Peter Blanch Physiotherapist
Brian Sando Doctor
Clark Perry Psychologist
Bernard Savage Sport Scientist
Bernd Adolph Soft Tissue Therapist
Gordon Hepburn Massage Therapist
Timothy Kerrison Sport Scientist
Lisa Critoph
Brian Lauri Section Manager
Alois Rosario Coach
Jan Berner Coach
John Kotsifas
Stuart Lee Section Manager
Jin Tae Jeong Head Coach
Warren Hansen
Fenton Coull Section Manager
Nicole Bradtke Coach
Wayne Goldsmith Section Manager
Bill Davoren Head Coach
Mark Alexander Physiotherapist
John Harrison Section Manager
Jeanette Gunn Section Manager
Erkin Shagaev Head Coach
Istvan Gorgenyi Head Coach
Benn Lees Assistant Coach
Gregory McFadden Head Coach
Jamie Ryan Coach
Mark Hubbard Assistant Coach
Simon Mole Physiotherapist
Clare Walsh Physiotherapist
Luke Borreggine Coach/Manager
Samuel Parker Section Manager

Games Trivia

Emblem

The colours of the Athens emblem came from the flag of Greece. The design represents an olive wreath which Ancient victors were crowned with. All medallists at the Games were presented with an olive wreath which was placed on their head.

Motto

The motto of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games was "Welcome Home"

Mascots

The Athens games had two official mascots: Athiná and Phévos. The sister and brother were named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and Phoebus, the god of light and music, respectively. They were inspired by the ancient daidala, which were dolls that had religious connotations as well as being toys.