The Millennium games returned to the Southern Hemisphere for the second time. The flame was brought into the stadium by Herb Elliott, who passed it on to some of the great Aussie female Olympians of the past-Cuthbert, Strickland, Boyle, Fraser, Gould, and King. Then they passed it on to the Present-400 m star Cathy Freeman, who lit the torch.
Triathlon made its debut.
Ian Thorpe and Tom Dolan were multiple winners in the pool.
Steven Redgrave became rare 5 time Gold Medalist.
Freeman won the 400, becoming the first to light the flame and win a Gold at the same Olympics.
Marion Jones was originally one of the great stars of the games, winning 3 golds and 2 bronze. But after she admitted using PEDs she was disqualified and stripped of her medals.
In one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, Tommy Lasorda's US baseball team defeated Cuba 4-0 for the Gold Medal.
Another great upset was the loss of Undefeated Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Karelin, who was seeking his 4th Gold and had never lost in 13 years of international competition. He was beaten by American Rulon Gardner.
The indominable Lions of Cameroon won the Soccer Gold.
Despite Jones and Anthony Petigrew losing theirs, the US won the medal count.