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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2000, file photo, Australian Olympic athlete Cathy Freeman ignites the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. Freeman ignited the cauldron to open the first games of the millennium and lit up Sydney Olympic Stadium 10 nights later by winning an era-defining gold medal for Australia. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, File)

Freeman lights up Sydney Olympics to kick off new millennium

Aug. 14, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. ___ After igniting the cauldron to open the first Games of the millennium, Cathy...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2000, file photo, Australia's Cathy Freeman celebrates winning the women's 400 meter race at the Summer Olympics at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. Freeman ignited the Olympic flame to open the Sydney 2000 Games and returned 10 nights later to win a gold medal in the 400 meters that had been a long time in waiting for country. She was the first Aboriginal person from Australia to win an individual Olympic gold. And she celebrated in a bare-foot victory lap with an Australian flag and the red, black and yellow Australian Aboriginal flag together in her hand. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

Freeman's legacy endures long after Sydney's flame went out

Aug. 14, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

In a momentary pause between reality sinking in and her victory celebrations fully starting, Cathy Freeman looked toward a track official and twirled her index finger to signal a full circuit. It wasn’t a question of if, but for how long. Within seconds, she had an Australian flag and the Australian...

A statue is seen outside Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. A spokeswoman for Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium says a bronze statute of an athlete saluting with an outstretched arm reminiscent of the gesture made infamous at rallies in Nazi Germany is to be removed from outside the stadium because the salute has links to fascism. The 3-meter (10-foot) tall bronze statue that was placed outside the stadium for the 1928 Summer Games that were staged in the Dutch capital. (AP Photo/Esther Corder)

Saluting statue to be removed from Amsterdam Olympic Stadium

Aug. 14, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A bronze statute of an athlete saluting with an outstretched arm reminiscent of the gesture made infamous at rallies in Nazi Germany is to be removed from outside Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium because the salute has links to fascism, a spokeswoman for the stadium said Friday. The 3-meter...

A symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge is moved away from its usual spot by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were removed for what is being called “maintenance,” and officials says they will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Australian survey: younger Olympians more willing to protest

Aug. 14, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian survey shows a higher proportion of younger Olympians would be prepared to use games venues or medal podiums as a platform for demonstrations. The International Olympic Committee’s Rule 50.2, which forbids demonstrations or political, religious or racial...

FILE - In this July 19, 1996, file photo, American swimmer Janet Evans passes the Olympic flame to Muhammad Ali during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

A flame, a look, one of the Olympics' most powerful moments

Aug. 13, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Muhammad Ali provided the greatest moment before the...

FILE - This Saturday morning, July 27, 1996, file photo shows an overview of Centennial Park in Atlanta after an explosion struck a tower near a stage where thousands of people were watching a concert(AP Photo/Clive Brooks, File)

AP WAS THERE: 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Aug. 13, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was sent on the AP wire in the early-morning hours of July 27, 1996, as the city of Atlanta awakened to news of a deadly bombing in...

FILE - In this July 27, 1996, file photo, USA's Rebecca Lobo (13) leads the team off the bench to cheer at the end of their 96-79 victory over Australia in women's Olympic basketball at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. From left are Lobo, Katy Steding (11), Venus Lacey (14), and Dawn Staley (5). (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Summer of Women: Females stole the show at 1996 Olympics

Aug. 13, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Dot Richardson still remembers those two kids, hanging over the railing after the U.S. team captured the first gold medal in Olympic softball, both wanting to get a touch of history. One a girl. The other a boy. “I tried to reach toward them,” Richardson said, her recollection...

FILE - In this May 11, 1994, file photo, Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas announces his retirement from basketball at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice. Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team — the first Dream Team — that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with ease. But he could have been an Olympian 12 years earlier, had the Americans not boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games. (AP Photo/Richard Sheinwald, File)

Isiah Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice

Aug. 12, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

Isiah Thomas loved to play road games, and the ones he could have been part of in 1980 might have been unlike any other in his career. The Olympics. Inside the Soviet Union. During the Cold War. Much still gets made of how Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team — the first Dream Team —...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 3, 1992, file photo, Britain's Derek Redmond grimaces as he is helped from the track by his father, Jim Redmond, after an injury during the semifinals of the Men's 400-meter race at the Summer Olympics Games in Barcelona (AP Photo/Denis Paquin, File)

Redmond's Finish Proves Race Not Always Won by the Swiftest

Aug. 12, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

The official result alongside Derek Redmond’s name in the 1992 Olympic record book for the 400-meter semifinal reads “DNF”— Did Not Finish. Try telling that to the 65,000 people inside Barcelona’s Estadi Olimpic and a global TV audience of millions looking in on that fateful...

FILE - This Aug. 8, 1992, file photo shows, from left, USA's John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson rejoicing with their gold medals after beating Croatia 117-85 at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, File)

Dream Team Turned '92 Olympics From Contest Into Coronation

Aug. 12, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1992 Barcelona Games, where the “Dream Team” — a squad of NBA pros allowed in for the...