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Sydney Paralympic Games were different for reason close to my heart
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Opinion

Sydney Paralympic Games were different for reason close to my heart

I watched as they built the Olympic Stadium. I drove my car around the athletics track when it was still dirt. A couple of years later, I would win gold twice on that same soil - my home turf.

  • by Louise Sauvage

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The Games that touched the soul: Sydney's Paralympics legacy
Olympics

The Games that touched the soul: Sydney's Paralympics legacy

From Siobhan Paton in the pool to Louise Sauvage on the track, the Sydney Games were a turning point for Australian athletes – and the para sport movement.

  • by Jordan Baker
From a protest to a party: How Bondi was won over by beach volleyball
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From a protest to a party: How Bondi was won over by beach volleyball

Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst's gold medal game is one of the most enduring images of the Sydney 2000 Olympics - but half of Bondi never wanted it to happen.

  • by Vince Rugari
Shooting for glory: The perfect pictures
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Shooting for glory: The perfect pictures

Award-winning former Herald sport photographer Tim Clayton picks his five favourite photos from the 2000 Olympics and reveals the story behind them.

  • by Tim Clayton
How the Night Of The Long Prawns shaped Sydney's Olympic bounty
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How the Night Of The Long Prawns shaped Sydney's Olympic bounty

In 1996, a dinner of prawn cutlets in Chinatown helped to guarantee the success of the Sydney Olympics and the future of the Australian Olympic Committee.

  • by Roy Masters
Cool Runnings meets Dodgeball: The reality TV plot to turn footy players into Olympic handballers
Olympics

Cool Runnings meets Dodgeball: The reality TV plot to turn footy players into Olympic handballers

Handball had a participation base of around 500 players when Sydney were announced host of the 2000 Olympics - prompting a push from Channel Seven for ex-AFL and NRL stars to switch sports.

  • by Vince Rugari
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As it happened: 'You have presented the best Olympic Games ever'
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As it happened: 'You have presented the best Olympic Games ever'

There wasn't a fairytale medal for Andrew Gaze as the curtain came down on Sydney, but it was a golden moment when Juan Antonio Samaranch uttered the words we all wanted to hear.

  • by Phil Lutton
As it happened: Silver lining for Opals, Cameroon shock Spain
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As it happened: Silver lining for Opals, Cameroon shock Spain

The Opals fell short against Team USA, the Indomitable Lions won an unforgettable football final and more gold for the world's fastest man on this day 20 years ago.

  • by Phil Lutton
When the Olympics party was over, the fear returned
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Opinion

When the Olympics party was over, the fear returned

The good feeling of the Olympics dissipated faster than sprinters hurtling down the track.

  • by Phillipa McGuinness
Pick of the pics: Stories behind photographer's top Sydney 2000 shots
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Pick of the pics: Stories behind photographer's top Sydney 2000 shots

Former Herald photographer Steve Christo was part of a brilliant Fairfax team at the Sydney Olympics. Here he selects his six favourite pictures.

  • by Steve Christo
As it happened: Golden Girls have their day in the sun
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As it happened: Golden Girls have their day in the sun

Day 13: The Hockeyroos take gold, the Opals set up their shot at the Americans, and a champion is beaten in an upset at the track and field.

  • by Phil Lutton