Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games: American gold medalists


The 2000 Sydney Paralympics featured athletes from 121 nations competing in 551 medal events. The United States claimed 109 medals: 36 gold, 39 silver and 34 bronze.

  • In men’s track and field, gold medal winners were Arnold Astrada (shotput); Shawn Brown (discus); Ross Davis (100 meters); Larry Hughes (discus); David Larson (400 meters); Shawn Meredith (400 meters and 800 meters); Paul Nitz (100 meters); Joseph Parker (800 meters and 5,000 meters); Freeman Register (200 meters); Tony Volpentest (100 meters and 200 meters).
  • In women’s track and field, gold medal winners were Jennifer Barrett (discus); Jean Driscoll (10,000-kilometers and marathon); Ellen Hyman (discus); Linda Mastandrea (200 meters); Marla Runyan (pentathlon); Leann Shannon (100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters).
  • In cycling, Daniel Nicholson won gold in mixed 20-kilometer bicycle and Dory Selinger won gold in mixed omnium.
  • In equestrian, Vicki Sweigart won gold in mixed dressage and mixed kur trot.
  • Kim Brownfield won gold in over-100 kilogram men’s powerlifting.
  • In men’s swimming, gold medal winners were Luis Alicea (100-meter freestyle); Daniel Butler (50-meter butterfly); Daniel Kelly (100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley); James Thompson (50-meter breaststroke); Jason Wenning (400-meter freestyle); the 4×50-meter freestyle relay team of Gregory Burns, Butler, Martin Parker, Aaron Paulson and Thompson; and the 4×50-meter medley relay team of Burns, Butler, Parker and Paulson.
  • In women’s swimming, gold medal winner were Joyce Luncher (100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle); Elizabeth Scott (100-meter butterfly); Camille Waddell (100-meter breaststroke); Trischa Zorn (100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley); the 4×100 medley relay team of Karen Norris, Diane Straub, Luncher and Allison Pittman.
  • In table tennis, Jennifer Johnson won gold in women’s singles and Tahl Lebovitz won gold in men’s singles.
  • The wheelchair rugby team won gold in mixed competition.
  • The men’s doubles team of Vance Parmelly and Stephen Welch won gold in wheelchair tennis.


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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