In 2000 the Royal Australian mint issued three
The Sydney Olympics are officially referred to as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad. The event took place at various venues around Sydney with the opening ceremony being held at the Stadium Australia within the Sydney Olympic Park. The event was officially opened on the 15th September and closed on the 1st October. There were three official mascots chosen to represent the games. These were Olly the Kookaburra, Syd the Platypus and Millie the Echidna. The original Olympic Games took place about 3,500 years ago but they didn't last. It was originally held during a religious festival honouring the Greek god Zeus. The Games were abolished in 393 A.D. by the Roman Emporer, Theodosius I, as he tried to suppress paganism. They restarted 1896 and were held in Athens, Greece. It was a great success. The International Olympic Committee had been formed two years earlier. The resurrection was an inspiration from Baron Pierre de Coubertin back in 1887. To be held every four years, as per Ancient Games, the Olympic Games became a great success. The first one to be held in Australia took place in Melbourne, 1956 (Sydney Olympic Games, 2010). In 1993, Sydney was awarded the opportunity to host the 2000 Olympic Games. This was a chance for Australia to shine. And shine it did. The Sydney games broke so many records including ticket sales, attendances, transport, catering and most importantly, they finished fourth in the medal tables.