2000 Summer Olympics

Games of the XXVII Olympiad, held in Sydney in 2000

The 2000 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, took place in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from September 15, 2000 until October 1, 2000.

Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Host citySydney, New South Wales, Australia
MottoShare the Spirit
Nations199
Athletes10,651 (6,582 men, 4,069 women)[1]
Events300 in 28 sports (40 disciplines)
Opening15 September
Closing1 October
Opened by
Cauldron
StadiumStadium Australia
Summer
Atlanta 1996 Athens 2004
Winter
Nagano 1998 Salt Lake 2002
A map showing the countries that competed in the 2000 Olympics.

199 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were in the Sydney Games. Four were in the Olympics for the first time. These were Timor-Leste, Eritrea, Micronesia and Palau.

Returned medalsEdit

Marion Jones, winner of three gold and two bronze medals for the United States, gave back her medals in October 2007. She said she took tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), a drug that could make her run faster, from September 2000 through July 2001.[3]

On 2 August 2008, the International Olympic Committee took the gold medal from the U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay team. Antonio Pettigrew said he used a banned substance.[4] Besides Pettigrew other athletes used performance-enhancing drugs. These are twins Alvin and Calvin Harrison, and Jerome Young.[4][5]

On 28 April 2010, the IOC took China's bronze medal from Gymnastics. This was for using an underage gymnast.

VenuesEdit

Sydney Olympic ParkEdit

SydneyEdit

Outside SydneyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Olympic Summer Games Factsheet" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 International Olympic Committee (9 October 2014). "Factsheet - Opening Ceremony of the Games of the Olympiad". Press release. https://stillmed.olympic.org/Documents/Reference_documents_Factsheets/Opening_ceremony_of_the_Games_of_the_Olympiad.pdf. Retrieved 22 December 2018. 
  3. "Jones Returns 2000 Olympic Medals". Channel4.com. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wilson, Stephen (2 August 2008). "IOC strips gold from 2000 US relay team". Associated Press.
  5. "IOC strips 2000 Games bronze medal from China". USA Today. Associated Press. 28 April 2010. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.