The Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games or the Millennium Games, were officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad. 10,000 athletes from 199 nations took part in Sydney, and the United States retained their status as the most successful nation with 40 gold medals.
There were many outstanding performances. Chief among them was a fifth consecutive rowing gold medal for Britain's Steve Redgrave, becoming the first rower to win gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games. American sprinter Marion Jones became the first women to win five athletics medals at a single Games.
The Sydney Games were one of the best performances by Great Britain in the Olympic Games.