By Neera Sahni
To mark the 20th anniversary of Sydney Olympics, let us revisit all the magic moments of the Greatest Games Ever:
Sydney Olympics 2000 – Official Logo (Image Source: https://www.olympic.org)
Opening Ceremony (Image Source: https://www.olympic.org)
The Opening Ceremony in Sydney was the show that stopped a nation. An estimated 3.6 billion people around the world witnessed it.
Nikki Webster performs at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. (Image Source: Craig Golding, Fairfax Syndication)
Spectacular performances by Vanessa Amorosi, James Morrison, Human Nature, Adam Garcia, Djakapurra Munyarryun and Nikki Webster, whose performance at just 13 years of age wowed the world.
Cathy Freeman – Opening Ceremony (Image Source: https://www.olympic.org)
The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 - personalities who made the night so unforgettable are flagbearer Andrew Gaze and hometown hero Cathy Freeman, who stole the show.
Ian Thorpe (Image Source: https://www.olympic.org/news/olympic-great-ian-thorpe-offers-message-of-hope-and-positivity)
Swimming stars Ian Thorpe, breaking his own world record.
Cathy Freeman (Image Source: https://www.olympic.org)
Fireworks – Opening Ceremony (Image Source: https://www.olympic.org)
01 Oct 2000: The Sydney Harbour Bridge is lit up with Fireworks after the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney Australia. (Image Credit: Matt Turner/Getty Images)
Sydney Olympics 2000 Mascots - Syd, Olly and Millie (Image Source: https://www.olympic.org)
Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat (Image source: flicker)
Victory medals for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games (Image source: https://www.olympic.org/sydney-2000-medals)
16 Sep 2000: Ian Thorpe of Australia celebrates winning Gold in the Mens 400m Freestyle Final at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre during Day One of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Thorpe won the Gold in a new World and Olympic record time of 3 mins 40.59 seconds. (Credit: Nick Wilson/Getty Images)
Sydney Harbour Bridge during closing ceremony of Sydney Olympics 2000 (Image Source: Wikimedia)
Neera sahni, Research Services Leader, Parramatta Heritage Centre, City of Parramatta, 2020