Olympic and Paralympic Games

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.

Gold medal winners at the Sydney Paralympic Games

Men’s track and field

  • 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)

Women’s track and field

  • 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)


  • Daniel Nicholson won gold in mixed 20-kilometer bicycle
  • Dory Selinger won gold in mixed omnium


  • Vicki Sweigart won gold in mixed dressage and mixed kur trot

Men’s powerlifting

  • Kim Brownfield won gold in over-100 kilogram

Men’s swimming

  • 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
  • the 4×50-meter medley relay team of Burns, Butler, Parker and Paulson

Women’s swimming

  • 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

Table tennis

  • Jennifer Johnson won gold in women’s singles
  • Tahl Lebovitz won gold in men’s singles

Wheelchair rugby

  • the wheelchair rugby team won gold in mixed competition

Wheelchair tennis

  • the men’s doubles team of Vance Parmelly and Stephen Welch

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