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Sydney 2000 Olympic Games: American gold medalists


The 2000 Sydney Games featured athletes from 199 nations competing in 300 medal events. The United States finished atop the medal count with 93 medals: 37 gold, 24 silver and 32 bronze.

  • Nancy Johnson won a gold medal in shooting in the 10-meter air rifle.
  • In men’s swimming, gold medalists were Lenny Krayzelburg (100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke); Tom Malchow (200-meter butterfly); Tom Dolan (400-meter individual medley); Anthony Ervin and Gary Hall Jr. (50-meter freestyle); and the 4×100-meter medley relay team of Ian Crocker, Hall Jr., Tommy Hannan, Lenny Krayzelburg, Jason Lezak, Ed Moses and Neil Walker.
  • In women’s swimming, gold medalists were Brooke Bennett (400-meter freestyle and 800-meter freestyle); Megan Quann (100-meter breaststroke); Misty Hyman (200-meter butterfly); the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team of Erin Phenix, Courtney Shealy, Ashley Tappin, Jenny Thompson, Dara Torres and Amy Van Dyken; the 4×200-meter freestyle relay team of Samantha Arsenault, Lindsay Benko, Kim Black, Diana Munz, Julia Stowers and Thompson; and the 4×100-meter medley relay team of Barbara Bedford, Quann, Shealy, Staciana Stitts, Tappin, Thompson, Torres and Van Dyken.
  • In men’s track and field, gold medalists were Maurice Greene (100-meter dash); Michael Johnson (400-meter run); Angelo Taylor (400-meter hurdles); Nick Hysong (pole vault); and the 4×100-meter relay team of Kenneth Brokenburr, Jon Drummond, Greene, Brian Lewis, Tim Montgomery and Bernard Williams.
  • In women’s track and field, gold medalists were Stacy Dragila (pole vault); and the 4×400-meter relay team of Andrea Anderson, LaTasha Colander, Monique Hennagan and Jearl Miles Clark.
  • U.S. gold-medal winning teams were softball, baseball, women’s basketball and men’s basketball.
  • In weightlifting, Tara Nott won gold in the women’s 48-kilogram.
  • In cycling, Marty Nothstein won gold in the men’s sprint.
  • In equestrian, David O’Connor won gold in individual eventing.
  • In diving, Laura Wilkinson won gold in the women’s platform.
  • Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana won gold in beach volleyball.
  • In tennis, Venus Williams won the women’s singles gold medal and teamed with her sister Serena to win gold in women’s doubles.
  • Wrestling gold medalists were Rulon Gardner (Greco-Roman 130 kilograms) and Brandon Slay (freestyle 76 kilograms).
  • In taekwondo, Steven Lopez won gold at 68 kilograms.
  • In sailing, Magnus Liljedahl and Mark Reynolds won gold in the star class.


40 years later, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Digital Museum looks back at key events and moments from Lake Placid 1980, where the U.S. Men's Ice Hockey Team pulled off the Miracle on Ice and speed skater Eric Heiden won an unprecedented five gold medals.
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