2000 Summer Olympics closing ceremony

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2000 Summer Olympics
closing ceremony
Closing ceremony1.jpg
Date 19:00, 1 October 2000 (AEDST (UTC+11:00)) (2000-10-01T19:00AEDST (UTC+11:00))
Location Sydney, Australia
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The Closing Ceremony took place on October 1, 2000 in Stadium Australia. The Closing Ceremony was the biggest in Olympic History. The Closing Ceremony was attended by 105,000 people. IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch declared that the 2000 Olympic games were best Olympic Games ever.

Segments[edit]

Countdown[edit]

  • ‘Countdown Fanfare’ – Composed by Richard Mills performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • ‘Games 2000 Fanfare’ – Composed by David Stanhope, performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • ‘Island Home (Earth Beat mix)’ – Written by Neil Murray, performed by Christine Anu

Entry of the Flagbearers and the Athletes[edit]

  • ‘Games 2000 Fanfare’ – Composed by David Stanhope, performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • ‘Olympic Fireworks’ – Composed by David Stanhope
  • ‘Journey of Angels’ – Performed by Chong Lim
  • ‘Affirmation’ – Performed by Savage Garden

National Anthems of Greece and Australia[edit]

  • ‘The National Anthem of Greece’ – Performed by The Millennium Children’s Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
  • ‘The National Anthem of Australia (Advance Australia Fair)’ – Music & Lyrics by Peter Dodds McCormick, performed by Sing 2001 Choir, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Official Speeches[edit]

IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch declared at the Closing Ceremony,[17]

"I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever."

Speech By The SOCOG President Michael Knight[edit]

Speech By The IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch[edit]

The Olympic Order and Cup Awarding[edit]

Michael Knight, President of the President of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Organizing Committee (SOCOG) was awarded the Gold Olympic Order as an expression of gratitude for a perfect organisation. In addition, The International Olympic Committee has decided to award the Olympic Cup to the people of Sydney for their enthusiastic and unpartisan support of athletes from all countries.

The New Member Athletes of the International Olympic Committee[edit]

The eight athlete members who were elected are:

1) Susan O'Neill (swimming, Australia)

2) Alexander Popov (swimming, Russian Federation)

3) Sergei Bubka (athletics, Russian Federation)

4) Jan Zelezny(athletics, Czech Republic)

5) Charmaine Crooks (athletics, Canada)

6) Robert Ctvrtlik (volleyball, USA)

7) Manuel Estiarte (water polo, Spain)

8) Roland Barr(rowing, Germany).

The 'Welcome Home, Olympics: Athens 2004' Handover[edit]

Olympic Flag and Hymn[edit]

  • ‘Olympic Hymn’ – Composed by Spiros Samara, lyrics by Costas Palamas, performed by Yvonne Kenny
  • ‘Journey of Angels’ – Composed by Chong Lim

The flag bearers of the Olympic Flag was:

1) Lori Munz (swimming)

2) Melissa Rippon (water polo)

3) Anna Mcllwaine (diving)

4) Matthew Belcher (sailing)

5) Neil Dennis (rowing)

6) Stefan Szscurowski (rowing)

7) Kerrie Meares (cycling)

8) Mark Renshaw (cycling)

We'll Be One[edit]

  • ‘We’ll Be One’ – Performed by Nikki Webster & Sing 2001 Choir

Let's Party![edit]

  • ‘Absolutely Everybody (Latino Mix)’ – Performed by Vanessa Amorosi
  • ‘Love is in the Air (Olympic samba mix)’ – Performed by John Paul Young
  • ‘Back on the Terra Firma’ – Performed by Phil & Tommy Emanuel
  • ‘What You Need’ – Performed by INXS with Jon Stevens
  • ‘Working Class Man’ – Performed by Jimmy Barnes
  • ‘Beds Are Burning’ – Performed by Midnight Oil
  • ‘Treaty’ – Performed by Yothu Yindi
  • ‘Dancing Queen’ – Performed by Kylie Minogue
  • Theme from ‘Jaws’ – Composed by John Williams
  • Theme from the TV show, ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’(Remix) – Written by Blyton
  • ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ – Written, Lyrics & Performed by Madison Avenue
  • ‘Finally’ – Performed by Cece Peniston
  • ‘On A Night Like This’ – Performed by Kylie Minogue
  • ‘Land Down Under’ – Performed by Men At Work with cast (The Geodome Stage was folded into a giant 8-sided octagontal figure called The Geode)
  • ‘Waltzing Matilda’ – Performed by Slim Dusty with cast

Closing Night Harbour Spectacular[edit]

Olympic colours on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

'Closing Night Harbour Spectacular' Soundtrack:

  • Olympic Fireworks - David Stanhope
  • Tannhauser Overture - Richard Wagner
  • Arrivals: Movements I to V - Pee Wee Ferris
  •  ? Note: Any help in naming any of the missing music would be great.
  • Symphony Of A Thousand - Gustav Mahler

Anthems[edit]

  • Millennium Children’s Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia – Greek national anthem
  • Millennium Children’s Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Sing 2001 Choir and Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Australian national anthem
  • Yvonne Kenny, Millennium Children’s Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and the Sing 2001 Choir – Olympic Hymn


Legacy[edit]

Television coverage[edit]

Australia - Seven Network on Channel 7

See also[edit]