Sydney 2000 Olympics Quiz

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What was the total estimated cost of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney?

A$6.6 billion

Which country led the medal tally in the 2000 Summer Olympics?

United States

Who lit the Olympic Flame at the 2000 Summer Olympics?

Cathy Freeman

Which event marked the first medals awarded at the 2000 Summer Olympics?

Women's 10 metre air rifle competition

Which sport saw Cameroon win a historic gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics?

Men's Olympic Football Final

Who won the inaugural men's triathlon event at the 2000 Summer Olympics?

Simon Whitfield

Which singer performed the song 'My Island Home' at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics?

Christine Anu

Which country won their first-ever Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics?


Who became a member of the select group who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympics at the 2000 Summer Olympics?

Steve Redgrave

Study Notes

2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia

  • The 2000 Summer Olympics, also known as Sydney 2000, were held in Sydney, Australia, from September 15 to October 1, 2000.

  • The event featured at least 300 official events, with teams from 199 countries participating.

  • The cost of the games was estimated to be A$6.6 billion, with a net cost to the public between A$1.7 and A$2.4 billion.

  • The United States led the medal tally, followed by Russia and China, with Australia in fourth place overall.

  • Several countries won their first gold medal in their Olympic history, while others won their first-ever Olympic medal.

  • The 2000 Games received universal acclaim for the organization, volunteers, sportsmanship, and Australian public.

  • The opening ceremony featured a tribute to Australian pastoral heritage and the importance of the stock horse in Australia's heritage.

  • The ceremony also celebrated the indigenous occupation of the land, the coming of the First Fleet, and the continued immigration from many nations.

  • The Olympic Flame was lit by Cathy Freeman, an Aboriginal woman, notable given the history of human rights abuses against Aboriginal people in Australia.

  • The first medals of the Games were awarded in the women's 10 metre air rifle competition, won by Nancy Johnson of the United States.

  • Canadian Simon Whitfield won the inaugural men's triathlon event, while Brigitte McMahon won the women's race.

  • The Games featured several new world records, including those set by Ian Thorpe, Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, Tom Dolan, and Inge de Bruijn.Summary of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney

  • The Women's Gymnastics All-Around had improperly installed equipment, causing athletes to suffer damning scores and injuries.

  • Steve Redgrave became a member of the select group who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympics.

  • The swimming 4 x 100-metre medley relay of the United States became the first women's relay under 4-minutes, setting a world record.

  • Rulon Gardner became the first person to defeat Alexander Karelin of Russia in international competition.

  • Cathy Freeman won the 400-meter final in front of a record-breaking crowd of 112,524, becoming the first competitor in Olympic Games history to light the Olympic Flame and then win a Gold Medal.

  • Cameroon won a historic gold medal over Spain in the Men's Olympic Football Final.

  • The last event of the games was the Men's Marathon, contested on a course that started in North Sydney, and was won by Ethiopian Gezahegne Abera.

  • The closing ceremony featured Christine Anu performing her version of the Warumpi Band's song "My Island Home."

  • The 2000 Summer Olympic programme featured 300 events in the following 28 sports.

  • A total of 750 gold, 750 silver, and 780 bronze medals were minted for the Games.

  • The International Olympic Committee awarded Sydney and its inhabitants with the "Pierre de Coubertin Trophy."

  • The Australian Entertainment Mo Awards were held annually to recognize achievements in live entertainment from 1975 to 2016.

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