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CATHY FREEMAN’S GOLDEN OLYMPIC MOMENT PRESERVED ON SYNTHETIC DNA IN HIGH-TECH CAPSULE TO LAST THOUSANDS OF YEARS

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© Copyright International Olympic Committee 2020. This content is the exclusive property of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). IOC-VNRs are for bona fide news reporting purposes only and all rights required for their production have been cleared. NOTE: Cathy Freeman's 400m race action is cleared for coverage of THIS story. Freeman’s Olympic race action should NOT be held on file for future editorial purposes. PLEASE CREDIT: Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Sydney Opera House Photos: Daniel Boud, DNA vial photos: Noel Wheatley. Terms and Conditions of the IOC Newsroom and Olympic.org apply.
Location: Sydney, Australia

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Please Video Credit: Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Games Sydney 2000, the famous white exterior sails of the Sydney Opera House became an enormous movie screen, showing Australian Catherine Freeman’s 400-metre gold medal win on 25 September 2000. She ran her final in 49.11 seconds, becoming the first Aboriginal athlete to win gold in an individual event at the Olympic Games.

The cinematic event celebrated not only Freeman’s historic achievement but also its audiovisual preservation for future generations on an innovative, sustainable, long-term storage technology called “synthetic DNA”. This has been made possible thanks to a partnership between the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH) and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).

The synthetic DNA project is a world first, and Freeman’s 400-metre gold medal win is the first Australian video to be encoded.

 

 

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© Copyright International Olympic Committee 2020. This content is the exclusive property of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). IOC-VNRs are for bona fide news reporting purposes only and all rights required for their production have been cleared. NOTE: Cathy Freeman's 400m race action is cleared for coverage of THIS story. Freeman’s Olympic race action should NOT be held on file for future editorial purposes. PLEASE CREDIT: Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Sydney Opera House Photos: Daniel Boud, DNA vial photos: Noel Wheatley. Terms and Conditions of the IOC Newsroom and Olympic.org apply.

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