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Cathy Freeman

Born: Feb. 16, 1973
Track & Field

Australian Aborigine who lit the cauldron at the start of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and provided one of the games' most memorable moments by winning gold in the 400-meters on her home soil; 2-time world champion in the 400-meters (1997,99); won silver in the 400 at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.


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