Field Of Dreams

Did Americans just sleep through the most dazzling Olympic Games in decades?

The Olympics that Americans ignored in large numbers--as if it were a presidential election or something--was nothing less than sensational. Moving from strength to strength, the Sydney Games followed the hosts' heroics in the pool with thrilling competitions in everything from the beach brand of volleyball to the Greco-Roman flavor of wrestling, then topped the whole thing with a spectacular track meet--a meet that featured a performance for the ages by Australia's Cathy Freeman, a young woman who ran with no less than a continent on her delicate shoulders.

The food in Sydney was fine, the weather mostly fine, the hosts...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!