Where the 2000 Summer Olympics took place

Sydney is located on the southeast coast of the continent and is the state capital of New South Wales. It was founded in 1788 as the first settlement of European colonists. This place was chosen because of the convenient, and also beautiful bay, separated from the ocean by a narrow natural isthmus. By the time of the 27th Summer Olympics, Sydney was already a huge city with a population of 4.5 million residents.

Of the thirty sports venues involved in the 2000 games, exactly half were built specifically to this sports forum. Only in the starts of two disciplines – beach volleyball and water polo in women – were temporary facilities used. Almost all new buildings are compactly located in the new “Olympic Park” area, from which any other point in the Sydney Olympic map could be reached in no more than 30 minutes.

In addition to the capital of New South Wales, four more Australian cities – Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne – participated in the 27th Summer Olympics. Their stadiums hosted matches of the Olympic football tournament.

Due to the fact that this time the Summer Olympics were held in the southern hemisphere of our planet, the timing of their events proved very unusual for most athletes. Summer and winter are changing places, so the previous Olympiad on this continent (Melbourne, 1956) was held in late November and early December. This time, the timing shifted a little closer to the usual frames for northern hemisphere residents – the opening ceremony of the games was held at Stadium Australia on 15 September 2000. The 27th Summer Olympics ended with the beginning of the last month of autumn, October 1. The

team victory in these games was won by U.S. Olympians – they were able to win 92 awards, 36 of which were gold. On the total number of medals Russians conceded quite a bit – 3 awards. The subsequent three top-list countries had almost identical figures, with China and Australia each collecting 58 awards and Germany collecting 56.

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