Where is Australia's most beloved Olympian Cathy Freeman now?

Where is Australia's most beloved Olympian Cathy Freeman now?
Where is Australia's most beloved Olympian Cathy Freeman now?
Where is Australia's most beloved Olympian Cathy Freeman now? Inside the athlete's private life 18 years after she retired from the track

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Olympian Cathy Freeman has kept a relatively low profile since retiring in 2003.

The 48-year-old former sprinter made a name for herself in 1994 after winning two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

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In 1997, she placed first at the World Championships in the 400m event, and three years later Cathy lit the torch in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

After calling time on her athletics career, she founded the Cathy Freeman Foundation, an organisation that supports Indigenous students.

Where is Australia's most beloved Olympian Cathy Freeman now? Inside the athlete's private life, 18 years after she retired from the track. Pictured here in January 2020 in Melbourne

Where is Australia's most beloved Olympian Cathy Freeman now? Inside the athlete's private life, 18 years after she retired from the track. Pictured here in January 2020 in Melbourne

She was also an ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation until 2012.

In 2014, Cathy stepped down from her position as an ambassador for Cottage by the Sea, a children's holiday camp in Victoria.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in 2003, Cathy said her decision to quit sprinting came when she realised she would never beat her performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Career: The former sprinter, 48, made a name for herself in 1994 after winning two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, but it was at the Sydney Olympics she became an icon

Career: The former sprinter, 48, made a name for herself in 1994 after winning two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, but it was at the Sydney Olympics she became an icon

During the 2000 games, Cathy was selected to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony, later winning gold for her 400m sprint.

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'I won't ever have the same fulfilling moment as I already have had,' she explained.

'I don't have the same hunger. I know what it takes to be a champion, to be the best in the world, and I just don't have that feeling right now.'

Iconic moment: In 1997, she came first at the World Championships in the 400m event, and three years later Cathy lit the torch at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Iconic moment: In 1997, she came first at the World Championships in the 400m event, and three years later Cathy lit the torch at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Her career began at age 16, when she won gold as part of the 4 x 100 m relay team at the Auckland Commonwealth Games.

The win made her one of the

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