Olympic Australian Success is a page about two famous Australians, Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe. An excellent sprinter and an agile swimmer, both won medals at Sydney Olympics 2000.
Cathy is an Aboriginal Australian athlete. She was the last runner in the relay that carried the Olympic torch at Sydney in 2000 and had the honour to light the flame at the opening ceremony of the games.
With a career that earned him 9 Olympic medals, Ian Thorpe has amazed the world with his swimming speed and agility.
Photo courtesy of Ian @ ThePaperboy
Cathy Freeman won her Olympic gold medal in the 400 metres race in the 2000 Sydney games, at the age of 27.
She started participating in championships 10 years earlier and came first in the 200 metres run in the Australian championship - Melbourne, 1990.
She won gold medals at several Commonwealth Games:
Cathy Freeman's best records are in the 400 metres run. She won gold at the World Championships in Athens, in 1997 and Seville, in 1999 and in the Sydney Olympics, in 2000.
She had also won silver at the Olympics Games in Atlanta, 1996 and participated to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Cathy's potential was recognised with the Young Australian of the Year title in 1990. Later on, in 1998, she held the Australian of the Year title for her sports achievements.
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Another Young Australian of the Year in 2000, Ian Thorpe holds an impressive number of Olympic medals.
The Australian swimmer won 5 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics:
In Sydney, in 2000 for:
In Athens, in 2004 for:
In Sydney, for:
In Athens, for:
Here is a list of great victories before the Sydney Olympics with the gold medals Ian Thorpe won:
And another list of amazing gold achievements: