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THE SCENE AT THE OLYMPIC STADIUM DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE 1994 WINTER OLYMPICS AT LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY.

WYOG: In a milestone countdown to the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), today marks 500 days to go until the event gets underway in Lillehammer, Norway.

Jessicah Schipper of Australia competes in the Women's 200m Butterfly Heats during the 13th FINA World Championships at the Stadio del Nuoto on July 29, 2009 in Rome, Italy.

Triple Olympian, Olympic Gold Medallist and multiple World Champion Jessicah Schipper today announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

Caroline Buchanan of Australia (L) and Brooke Crain of the United States (R) train on the BMX track in Olympic Park on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 7, 2012 in London, England.

CYCLING-BMX: Caroline Buchanan has been crowned UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series champion edging out Olympic champion Mariana Pajon by a substantial margin to add to the series title she won in 2012.

Australian women's basketball national team line up for photo session before the match during the international friendly against Japan on July 27, 2014 in Kaminoyama, Japan.

The Australian Women's Basketball Team are sitting at the top of Group C after an 87-54 demolition of Korea to make it back-to-back wins to start the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey overnight.

Simon Gerrans (2nd) of Australia, Michal Kwiatkowski (1st) of Poland and Alejandro Valverde (3rd) of Spain stand on the podium after the Elite Men's Road Race on day seven of the 2014 UCI Road World Championships.

Victorian Simon Gerrans’ capped a stellar year for himself and a fantastic week for Australia with a nail-biting silver medal in the 258km elite men’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

Australian women's basketball national team line up for photo session before the match during the international friendly against Japan on July 27, 2014 in Kaminoyama, Japan.

BASKETBALL: Huge injury blows have hurt Australia's hopes at the women's basketball world championship but not their ambition.

Cadel Evans lifts his bike high after winning Australia's first Tour de France in July, 2011.

Four-time Olympian Cadel Evans has announced he'll retire from cycling in early 2015 bringing the end to the career of Australia's greatest road cyclist.

A general view of the Mountains ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor athletes village on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

VALUES: The IOC will require future Olympic host cities to abide by rules that forbid any kind of discrimination, a move prompted by the outcry caused by Russia's adoption of a law banning so-called gay "propaganda" before Sochi 2014

Deborah Lovely of Australia attempts a lift in the women's +75kg weightlifting event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

WEIGHTLIFTING: Deborah Acason will lead a seven-strong Australian weightlifting team to this year’s World Champs in what is likely to be her last appearance for Australia.

Rohan Dennis of Australia in action in the Elite Men's Individual Time Trial on day four of the UCI Road World Championships on September 24, 2014 in Ponferrada, Spain. Dennis finished fifth and just 17 seconds off the podium.

CYCLING: Rohan Dennis, 24, claimed a top five finish in the elite men’s time trial at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.