The body suit worn by Cathy Freeman during the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics may have turned up 14 years after going missing.
Freeman wore the suit to light the Olympic Cauldron but shortly after went missing from her dressing room.
Last week the garment was mailed to Australia’s National Sports Museum and has now been sent for forensic testing.
Australian Olympic Committee Secretary General Fiona De Jong said: “It’s been a great mystery from 2000. It’s a suit we never thought we’d ever see again and of course we’re just delighted that Santa has delivered a Christmas present for the Olympic movement a little early.”
Many see Freeman’s lighting of the cauldron as a statement of reconciliation with indigenous Australians.
The Aboriginal athlete then went on to win the 400 metres Olympic gold.
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