From August 13 to August 29, 2004, Australia competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. A total of 39 athletes represented Australia at these Games, the most ever sent by the country. Ten athletes won medals for Australia, with four gold, three silver and three bronze.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) selected its team on July 7, 2003. The athletes were chosen from among those who had achieved success in the 2002 Asian Games, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games.
Australia first entered the Olympic arena in 1896. Melbourne 1904 was the first time the city hosted the Games. They were cancelled due to the First World War but have been held since they were revived in 1948. Athens is now the second-most successful nation at the Olympics after USA, having taken home five gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals.
Athens, 2004 The 2004 Olympic Games were an athletic festival held in Athens from August 13 to August 29, 2004. The modern Olympic Games were held for the 25th time in Athens. They were originally known as the Hellenic Games and were founded by Prince Pierre de Savoie in 776 BC. Later they were known as the Isthmian Games after Isthmia, a peninsula on which Athens is located. The first Olympiad was a religious ceremony honoring Zeus and included only two events: a race between horses drawn by young men and a battle between poets. As they developed they became more important for political leaders who wanted to demonstrate their power, attract new citizens, and strengthen ties with other cities. By the 5th century BC, the games had become so important that they formed part of any government's annual schedule. In 393 AD the Emperor Theodosius banned all athletic competitions because of the ongoing Roman-Christian war, but by then the games had grown too big to be canceled. They were reinstated in 1892 and have been held annually since then without interruption.
The Olympic Games are an international sporting event involving athletes from around the world. The Olympics are considered the highest level of competition in athletics. The main events are running, jumping, throwing, swimming, cycling, wrestling, boxing, and sparring.
Summer Olympics/Location: Athens, 2004.
Athens was chosen as the host city for the 2004 Olympic Games on December 17, 1997. The games were held from August 13 to 29, 2004. A total of 10,000 athletes from 204 countries participated in the events in Greece's capital city. The opening and closing ceremonies were held at the ancient temple of Olympian Zeus.
The Olympic Games are an international sporting event that take place only once every four years. The last time the Summer Olympics were held in South America was 1948 in London. They will next be held in 2020 in Tokyo at the new Olympic Stadium.
Why do they take place in just one city? The modern Olympics were created by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin who wanted a world-class competition that would encourage people everywhere to live up to their potential. By having all participants come from different countries, de Coubertin believed it would increase the spirit of friendship and cooperation between them. Countries can enter either one sport or several; if they enter multiple sports, they must fulfill certain criteria to do so. For example, they cannot have more than two athletes in each event.
Date: September 15, 2000-October 1, 2000 Summer Olympics/Date: September 15, 2000-October 1, 2000
The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games were a sporting event that took place in Sydney from September 15 to October 1, 2000. The Sydney Games were the 24th modern Olympic Games to be held. Sydney was narrowly chosen over Beijing to host the Olympic Games in 2000.
|Australia at the 1896 Summer Olympics|
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The Summer Olympics were hosted for the second time in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, the first being in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1956. In 1993, Sydney was chosen as the host city for the Olympic Games in 2000. These Games are expected to generate $6 billion in economic activity and 35,000 jobs over four years.
Australia has never missed a summer Olympics, having participated in every edition of the event since it was first held in 1896. The only exception was during World War I, when Australia joined other countries in not participating in some major competitions due to the conflict.
After WWII ended, Australia returned to international competition and has been successful at each edition of the games since then. This year's Olympic games will be the ninth time that Sydney has hosted them and the first since 1996.
In 2016, after winning the right to host the games with a proposal that met all the requirements set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the government of New South Wales announced that Sydney would again host the Olympics. The last time they held the games twice was in 1988 and 1992. The IOC will vote on December 5th, 2015 if Sydney should receive another hosting bid.
Sydney has hosted the Olympics three times before: in 1956, 1980 and from 2000-2016.
Australia has hosted the Summer Olympics twice, once in Melbourne in 1956 and again in Sydney in 2000. The country has never hosted a Winter Olympic Games.
Australia has participated in every Summer Olympics since its debut at the inaugural event in 1896. In fact, it's considered one of the original five continents by some scholars. Australia is also one of only eight countries that have not withdrawn from the Olympics. It still sends a team to all Olympic events, except those it cannot afford to send people to (such as equestrian events).
The Australian Olympic Committee was founded in 1916 and became a member of the International Olympic Committee that same year.
Australia first entered the Olympic basketball tournament at the 1900 Paris Games, when they took part in both the men's and women's tournaments. They didn't return until 1936, when they took part in their first ever Olympic swimming event. The Australians finished last in both their heats for the 100-metre freestyle competition and were eliminated from the tournament.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized Australasia in 1895, one year before the inaugural modern-day Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Until 1920, when Australia founded the Australian Olympic Council, now the Australian Olympic Committee, Australia and New Zealand participated in the same team (AOC). In 1984, Australia joined with 30 other nations to form the IOC.
Australia has sent athletes to every single Summer Olympic Games and all but one Winter Olympic Games. The only exception was from 1920 to 1948, when Australia refused to participate in the Olympic movement due to tensions between Australia and Britain at the time. However, after negotiations with British athletes, Australians were allowed back into the competition in 1952.
In 1996, Australia became the first country to qualify for both a summer and winter Olympics simultaneously. Since then, Australia has become one of the most successful countries in Olympic history, having won three gold, four silver, and two bronze medals. Their most recent victory came in 2012 when London hosted the games. Australian athletes continued their dominance at these events by claiming five gold, seven silver, and three bronze medals. Their performance at these games was considered by many to be one of the nation's best ever.
Australia has also done well in other international sports competitions. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Australia finished second in the overall medal count, winning a total of 22 medals (nine gold, nine silver, and four bronze).