Despite the usual controversies, drug scandals and the inevitable political issues, the 2000 Sydney Games embodied the spirit and sportsmanship of what we refer to as "true Olympians". This report also looks at the return on the investment that a nation receives in terms of its athletes' performances as indicated by the number of medals won at the Games. For Canada, which did not do as well as it did in the last Summer Games, the question of the nature and extent of state sponsorship through government funding of sport is a very real cost that now is being re-assessed. Do we, as a nation, support amateur sport sufficiently? What would the benefits be to all Canadians if our athletes performed better internationally?