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