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The greatest celebrations of the 2000 Olympic Games were on the medal stands by athletes with names like Ian, Cathy and Marion, but Sydney officially ended the Games with the biggest celebration. At the Closing Ceremonies, athletes and fans partied at Olympic Stadium, and Juan Antonio Samaranch gave the Sydney Olympics the coveted title of "best Olympic Games ever."

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Glorious games's Nick Charles looks back upon the 17 days of magnificent competition in Sydney.
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Olympic Daily
Your guide to the biggest stories of the Games

Host nation prospers again

SI writers: Thanks for the memories
Our scribes weigh in with their favorite moments.

Tim Layden: Missing the action
NBC's tedious telecast was caught in a time warp.

Brian Cazeneuve: Top moments
'Best ever' Games churned out many memories.

Leigh Montville: The skinny on Fatso
Amply-rumped wombat was real darling of Games.

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