This Day In Sports History (September 16th) — 2000 Summer Olympics

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It was on this day in 2000 that the opening ceremonies were held for the 27th Summer Olympic Games.  The Games took place in Sydney, Australia marking just the second time the Summer Games were held in the Southern Hemisphere.

The United States would finish the Olympics atop the medal standings with a total of 94, as well as the most golds of any nation with 37.  The host country, Australia, finished in a tie for third with China for total medals with 58 and finished fourth with 16 gold medals in the most successful Olympics for the nation.  Marion Jones of the United States, who won three golds and two bronze medals, gave them all back in 2007 after confessing that she had taken tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), a substance that is banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC officially stripped Jones and her relay teammates of their medals shortly after her confession, however, her teammates were given an opportunity to appeal the decision.  Jones’ teammates would eventually have their medals reinstated, while Jones was disgraced and would later spend six months in prison for lying to federal agents.

Here is a clip from the Opening Ceremonies.

Notable Birthdays

Elgin Baylor, NBA – Born September 16th 1934 (age 79) in Washington D.C.

Robin Yount, MLB – Born September 16th 1955 (age 58) in Danville, Illinois

Orel Hershiser, MLB – Born September 16th 1958 (age 55) in Buffalo, New York

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