As Cathy Freeman powered around the track at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Australia held a collective breath.
Twenty-seven-year-old Freeman – with long, elegant strides that made running look almost effortless – carried more pressure than any other athlete at those Games as she ran the 400m final.
But pressure, the kind that could have caused another athlete to buckle, only seemed to spur Freeman. Twenty years ago today, she became Australia’s first Aboriginal athlete to win an individual Olympic gold medal.
“My running has allowed me to walk in a light, to be in a light, to live in a light that comes from within.