10 years on

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Sydney 2000 Olympics Bid Logo

Wow it's been 10 years (and a day) since the announcement of the winner of the bid to host the 2000 Olympics. That brings back a flood of memories. I can't believe it's been 10 years. I was at uni, and actually did a general studies project on the media coverage of the announcement. I taped a whole stack of the footage, and still have a bunch of it somewhere. The classic image of John Fahey jumping out of his seat is the first image that springs to mind.

Then there was Tanya Blencowe with her "My name is Tanya Blencowe. You may be wondering why an 11 year old girl is speaking to you to today. Well the reason is, I have a very important message for all of you, from the children of Sydney and Australia". Yikes I still remember the opening of that speech - they played it so often in the weeks afterwards. It was very sad a year later when she lost the whole top half of her house in a bushfire and lost most of her Olympics memorabilia.

ah what a classic. Must watch some of the footage again sometime.

3 Comments

SOSSUK said:

I think everyone agrees that those games were the best held yet, and someting to live up to... It must have been something to have experienced them.

September 25, 2003 11:21 PM

   

CC said:

Yup, it sure was a memorable era. Incidentally, Tanya and I share the same birthday, but she's a few years younger than me!

September 26, 2003 9:52 AM

   

Bridgid said:

Did you hear that girl ended up a teen mother? She had a kid during the actual Sydney Olympics I think.

February 12, 2004 10:58 PM

   

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