2000 sydney olympics


Rulon Gardner- a dairy farmer from Wyoming, was the surprise Aleksandr Karelin, the “greatest wrestler of all time”, was not expecting.

A Sydneysider's guide to episode 12 of Free! Eternal Summer - "We're going to Australia!"

This episode was very well illustrated. It really makes me proud to live in Sydney!

Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park

Bondi Beach

George St, The Rocks

Central Station

An older Sydney train (the detail is on point)

Lidcombe station

Note: the sign saying Aquatic Centre should say ‘Olympic Park Sprint Platform’.

Sydney Olympic Park Station

ANZ Stadium - Formerly Stadium Australia & Telstra Stadium

The track and field events and the opening and closing ceremonies from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games were held here.

Sydney International Aquatic Centre

Rin is right! Anyone is allowed to swim here! I had my high school regional swimming carnival here.

“Path of Champions” outside Sydney International Aquatic Centre

These plaques recognise the achievements of Australian swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo athletes.

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels

An iconic franchise that famous for its pies, in particular the 'Tiger’. The 'Tiger’ is a meat pie covered with mashed potato, mashed peas and gravy. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted! The stores have pictures of famous people who have visited. 

I’d love to hear from you! Is there anything I missed?


July 12th 1971: Australian Aboriginal Flag first flown

On this day in 1971, the Australian Aboriginal Flag was flown for the first time. Designed by Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas, the flag represents the unity and identity of indigenous Australians; the black half symbolises the Aboriginal people, the yellow circle the sun, and the red half the red earth which is central to indigenous religious ceremonies. It was debuted during the National Aborigines Day celebrations in Adelaide during the height of the indigenous campaign for land rights as an attempt to gain more visibility. While accepted as the flag of the unofficial Aboriginal ‘Tent Embassy’ in the capital city of Canberra in 1972, it was not proclaimed a ‘Flag of Australia’ until 1995. Before then, the flag remained a point of controversy, especially when Aboriginal sprinter Cathy Freeman carried both the Aboriginal and Australian national flag during a victory lap in the 1994 Commonwealth Games. By the 2000 Sydney Olympics, however, attitudes had changed and Freeman was praised for carrying the Aboriginal flag with pride. Some campaigners have called for the Aboriginal flag to replace the Union Jack in the upper-left corner of the current Australian flag to create a new national symbol, though Harold Thomas himself opposes this idea. Since 2002, as part of a wider effort at reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, the Aboriginal flag has permanently flown in Victoria Square, Adelaide, where it debuted in 1971.

“This was my race and no one was going to stop me telling the world how proud I was to be Aboriginal. Somewhere deep inside, I’d absorbed all the pain and suffering my people had endured and turned it into a source of strength”
- Cathy Freeman


To promote the 2000 Sydney Olympics,  Waneek Horn-Miller, a member of the Mohawk tribe of Kahnawake, posed for the cover of the Canadian version of Time Magazine.  One of the world’s top Water Polo athletes, she was a contender for a gold medal having already won one with her team the previous year during the Pan American Games. This was not the first time she appeared in print however. During the Oka Crisis of 1990, the then 14 year old was photographed by Ryan Remiorz as she clutched her 4 year old sister after having been stabbed by a soldier’s bayonet.  Had it entered her chest only a centimetre to the left or right, she likely would have died, as many of the Mohawks were denied immediate medical attention during the standoff.  Horn-Miller now hosts a health and wellness show on the ATPN network and tours the country as a motivational speaker. Despite her brush with death she understood that the Oka crisis brought an awareness of Aboriginal issues, especially land claims, to the Canadian consciousness.

 “It was almost like Canada needed to be shaken awake … because really, before Oka not many people knew about native issues. And for 78 days, it made the front page of every newspaper and it was front-lining every newscast. So Canadians couldn’t say, ‘What is that?’ 


Pistol Dueling in the Olympics,

One of the lesser known Olympic events, pistol dueling was a popular sport in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  It was certainly not the deadly past time of generations earlier, where young gentlemen killed each other over matters of honor.  Rather pistol dueling had transformed in a safe sport.  Conventional pistols were used, however they fired cartridges with wax bullets which lacked gunpowder, the wax bullet being propelled by the force of the primer only. Contestant wore a mask to protect the face, and the pistols had special shields to protect the user’s hands. 

Pistol dueling was introduced in the 1906 Olympics, but was discontinued after the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. A poll conducted before the 2000 Sydney Olympics showed that 32 percent of respondents would like to see dueling pistols reinstated as a sport.

After years of denial, swimming champion Ian Thorpe has revealed he is gay in an exclusive interview with Sir Michael Parkinson. The five-time Olympic gold medallist and Australia’s most successful Olympic athlete to date, has revealed his sexuality in an interview to be aired on Australian television on Sunday night.

According to Australian newspaper the Sunday Telegraph, Thorpe, 31, who retired from swimming in 2012, “confirms his sexuality” and “has bravely revealed he is gay” during a tell-all interview. A teaser clip released by Australia’s Network Ten shows Parkinson asking the swimmer: “You’ve always said that you’re not gay. Is all of that true?” The camera then shifts to an uncomfortable looking Thorpe, who contemplates his response.

Thorpe, known as the “Thorpedo” for his prowess in the swimming pool, broke 22 world records and won five Olympic gold medals. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he won three gold and two silver medals, making him the most successful athlete at the Games. He also won 10 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. (Read more)

Hat off to his gut!


Today marks the ten year anniversary of the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark. The couple met during the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics at a pub, Mary (nee Donaldson) from Tasmania worked marketing at the time; and this encounter marked the beginning of a couple who many argue are an example of a modern day fairytale (also arguable the best dressed of their peers).

The wedding took place in Copenhagen Cathedral, the bride wore a dress designed by Danish fashion designer Uffe Frank and a veil that dates back to Crown Princess Margareta, mother of the grandmother of the Crown Prince; Mary’s two sisters, Jane and Patrica as well as her close friend Amber Petty served as her bridesmaid. The best man for the Crown Prince was his brother, Prince Joachim. The wedding drew many royal guest, these include members from Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands.

The wedding would go on to be one of the most memorable royal wedding in recent years, partly due to the emotional groom. Relieve the wedding again festivities again, if you wish, and I suggest you prepare a few tissues!

May 3rd- 94 days left

Leotard 47/∞: 2000 Sydney Olympics Russia Qualifications Leotard- worn by Svetlana Khorkina

  • Russia wore this leotard during qualifications at the 2000 Olympics where they qualified to the team final by finishing 1st in the preliminary competition. They also qualified several gymnasts to multiple individual finals. 
  • Gymnasts that qualified to individual finals:
    • Svetlana Khorkina (AA, VT*, UB, FX)
    • Yekaterina Lobaznyuk (AA, VT, BB)
    • Yelena Produnova (UB, BB)
    • Elena Zamolodchikova (AA, VT*, FX)
  • ** It is important to note that Svetlana Khorkina did originally qualify along with Lobaznyuk to the vault final but gave up her place to compete in the competition to her teammate Elena Zamolodchikova who in turn became the 2000 Olympic Vault Champion. 

1 Oct 2000: Vince Carter (left) and Kevin Garnett of the USA celebrate winning Gold in the Mens Basketball Final at the Sydney SuperDome on day 16 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. \ Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport