Australia has participated in every Olympic Games since 1896 and hosted the Olympic Games in 1956 and 2000. The 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, the ‘Friendly Games’ and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the ‘Green Games’ illustrate Australia’s traditional interest in sport and the Olympic movement. Its changing culture and identity was reflected in two Olympic Games some 44 years apart.
Both Olympic Games were affected by the context of their times as local and international issues influenced the preparations and implementation by the host cities.
This unit focuses on the Olympics of 1956 and 2000 and what Melbourne and Sydney achieved from and gave to the Olympic Games at these times.