President Juan Antonio Samaranch described the 2000 Sydney Olympics as “the best Olympic Games ever.”
10,651 (6,582 men, 4,069 women) competitors from 199 nations participated in 28 sports and 300 events over a fortnight. USA won the gold medal tally with 39 with the Russian Federation 2nd on 32, China 3rd on 28 and the host nation, Australia 4th on 16 – it’s best result.
110,000 spectators were in the new Olympic Stadium (the largest ever) for the Olympic Opening Ceremony. The spectacular lighting of the cauldron was heart stopping while a technical glitch jammed the cauldron raising mechanism for 4 tortuous minutes (watch the video). After that, theses Games went without a hitch and were stunningly spectacular.
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