Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Olympics, Australia, Kathy Freeman, Aboriginal Australians, Role models
Olympics; Australia; Freeman, Cathy, 1973-; Aboriginal Australians; Role models
The Sydney Olympics, like all those before it, had both its wonderful moments and its controversies. For Sydney undoubtedly the defining moment occurred when Cathy Freeman took the gold medal in the 400-meter race. A nation stopped and gave its undivided attention as one of its citizens of aboriginal origin ran away from the field. The 110,000 fans in Olympic Stadium cheered wildly, thousands just outside the stadium watching on a large screen television did the same, and in downtown Sydney yet another large vocal crowd screamed in joy at the sight of Freeman's exquisite run. As if to underline the point it was the 100th Gold Medal for Australia in Olympic competition.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "The Sydney Games and Cathy Freeman Overshadow the Corruption and Distortion" (2000). On Sport and Society. 196.