After accepting the honour of lighting Sydney's Olympic flame, Cathy Freeman was humble enough to give organisers a get-out clause. Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates recalled offering Freeman the star ceremonial role over dinner in a Los Angeles restaurant four months before the 2000 Games.
They were just two-years-old when the Olympic Games took place in Sydney ten years ago. Now Anthony Melnyk and Hannah Chiu are the school captains
There were over 47,000 volunteers working tirelessly on the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games and each had a different motivation and a different story.
Bonnyrigg Heights Public School (BHPS) is one of only 22 primary schools to participate in a unique event to celebrate the Sydney 2000 10th Anniversary next Wednesday 15 September at Sydney Olympic Park.
Triple Olympian Melinda Gainsford-Taylor today returned to the Sydney Opera House steps where she carried the Olympic flame in 2000. Ten years on, along with treasured memories, she still has the torch and uses it to inspire Little Athletics stars and school children across NSW.
On 24 September 1993 when Juan Antonio famously announced “the winner is Sydney”, Mavis Booth realised her dream of an impending home Olympics. On that day, Olympic legend Ian Thorpe was just 10-years-old. He may not have known that he would go on to win three gold and two silver medals in Sydney but for Booth, her destiny was as good as written.
Olympic stars inspire students in Canberra
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Olympic medals must be at least 60 millimetres in diameter and at least three millimetres thick. The design of the medal is the responsibility of the host city's organising committee, with the approval of the IOC.