2000 Summer Olympics

The 2000 Summer Olympics (officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad and commonly known as Sydney 2000, the Millennium Olympic Games or the Games of the New Millennium) was an international multi-sport event held from 15 September to 1 October 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was the second time the Summer Olympics were held in Australia, and in the Southern Hemisphere, the first being in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1956.

Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Emblem of the 2000 Summer Olympics[lower-alpha 1]
Host citySydney, New South Wales, Australia
MottoThe games of the new millennium
Share the Spirit - Dare to dream
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
Winter
2000 Summer Paralympics

Sydney was selected as the host city for the 2000 Games in 1993. Teams from 199 countries participated and was the first Summer Games to feature at least 300 events in its official sports programme. The Games’ cost was estimated to be A$6.6 billion. The Games received universal acclaim, with the organisation, volunteers, sportsmanship and Australian public being lauded in the international media. Bill Bryson from The Times called the Sydney Games "one of the most successful events on the world stage", saying that they "couldn't be better".[3]

James Mossop of the Electronic Telegraph called the Games "such a success that any city considering bidding for future Olympics must be wondering how it can reach the standards set by Sydney",[4] while Jack Todd in the Montreal Gazette suggested that the "IOC should quit while it's ahead. Admit there can never be a better Olympic Games, and be done with it," as "Sydney was both exceptional and the best".[3]

These games would provide the inspiration for London’s winning bid for the 2012 Olympic Games in 2005 and in preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Lord Coe declared the Sydney Games the "benchmark for the spirit of the Games, unquestionably" and admitting that the London organising committee "attempted in a number of ways to emulate what the Sydney Organising Committee did."[5] These were the final Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Juan Antonio Samaranch before the arrival of his successor, Jacques Rogge. These were also the second Olympic Games to be held in spring and is to date the most recent games not to be held in its more traditional July or August summer slot.

The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by Russia and China with host Australia at fourth place overall.