The thunder Down Under begins

from CBC.ca archives | Fri, 15 Sep 2000

With a blaze of color and light mixed with music ancient and modern, a cast of many thousands welcomed the world Friday to the Sydney Summer Games.

Stadium Australia was jammed with 110,000 spectators -- the first Olympic record to fall in the 2000 Games -- and they were treated to a dazzling show that spun the story of Australia in dance, song and imagery.

The most spectacular and moving moments came during the lighting of the Olympic flame. Carried by a succession of female Australian Olympians, including disabled sprinter Betty Cuthbert, and swimming legend Dawn Fraser, the flame passed at last to Cathy Freeman, the country's best known track st

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