Cathy Freeman Essay
Freeman took a break in the 1998 season due to an injury. Upon the return the track in 1999 she never lost a 400 metre race, including at the world championships. Freeman’s winner streak continued in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. After her win Cathy did a victory lap carrying both the Australian and Aboriginal flags. This was despite the fact that unofficial flags are banned the Olympic Games and the Aboriginal flag, while recognized as official in Australia, is not a notional flag, nor recognized by the International Olympic Committee. In honour of her winning gold in at the Sydney Games, she represented Oceania in carrying the Olympic flag at the opening ceremonies of the next Olympics, in Salt Lake City. Throughout Catherine’s career she regularly competed in the Victorian Athletic League where she won two 400 metre races at the Stawell Gift Carnival. Freeman did not compete during the 2001 season. In 2002, she returned to the track to compete as a member of the Australian victorious 4x400 metre relay team at the 2002 commonwealth Games. Cathy announced her retirement in 2003.
Since retiring from athletics Freeman has