2001 was a sports odyssey. The first year as the new millennia started. Much like any year, there were ups and downs. This year in American sports was unique. The moment that defines the year 2001 is the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th. The year almost seems split between before that moment and after that moment. Sports in America seemed to stop even if life didn’t stop. Time marched on, however, and so did sports.
It was sports that seemed to unify the country and help heal some wounds. September 11th wasn’t the only day in 2001 though, there were 364 other days, it was a year after all. Here’s some moments that happened that
Here’s some athletes that were born in 2001:
- Anastasia Potapova, Russian tennis player
- Jordyn Huitema, Canadian soccer player
- Mo’ne Davis, American athlete
- LaMelo Ball, American basketball player
- Thomas Strudwick, British motorcycle road racer
Here are some of the athletes that died in 2001:
- Adhemar da Silva, Brazilian athlete
- Dale Earnhardt, American auto racing driver
- Korey Stringer, American football player
- 2,996 people (2,977 victims and 19 hijackers) who died in the September 11 attacks
- Garnet Bailey, Canadian hockey player and scout
- Blaise Alexander, American automobile racing driver
News of the Year:
- Wikipedia is launched.
- The International Olympic Committee awards Beijing the right to host the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- The iPod is first introduced by Apple.
- Microsoft releases Windows XP.
- Bungie and the Original Xbox, releases Halo 1.
- Michael Jordan returns to the National Basketball Association with the WashingtonWizards after a 3½ years “retirement.”
- Danny Almonte – the “12 year old” who buzzed through the Little League World Series, but was actually 14 years old. Honest mistake?
- Barry Bonds breaks single-season home-run record hitting 73 home runs.
- Randy Johnson‘s fastball and one poor pigeon met in the 7thinning of a spring training game against San Francisco. The fastball struck a dove, killing it instantly.
- Seattle Mariners tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs’ record with 116 regular season wins.
- Game 3 of the World Series was opened in New York by President George W. Bush, who threw the ceremonial first pitch, a strike to Yankees backup catcher Todd Greene. Bush became the first incumbent U.S. president to throw a World Series first pitch since Jimmy Carter in 1979.
- Lance Armstrong won his third consecutive Tour de France.
- Tiger Woods win at the Masters meant he became the only golfer in history to hold all four major championships simultaneously
- John Ruiz defeats Evander Holyfield in their second fight by a decision in 12 rounds, winning the WBA’s World Heavyweight Championship, becoming the first Hispanic to win the world Heavyweight title.
- Major League Lacrosse begins play as a single-entity-ownership league
- First UFC event under ownership of Zuffa.
- UFC rule change, weight classes redefined to present standard. Introduces middleweight division.
- XFL is founded by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, but the league folded that same year, after the Los Angeles Xtreme won the league’s only championship.
- World Series – Arizona Diamondbacks defeated New York Yankees
- Super Bowl XXXV – Baltimore Ravens defeated New York Giants
- Stanly Cup Final – Colorado Avalanche defeated New Jersey Devils
- NBA Finals – Los Angeles Lakers defeated Philadelphia 76ers
- WNBA Finals – Los Angels Sparks defeated Charlotte Sting
- NCAA Men’s Basketball – Duke defeated Arizona
- NCAA Division I-A Football – Oklahoma defeated Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
- Champions’ League – Bayern Munich defeated Valencia
- UEFA Cup – Liverpool defeated Alavés
- CFL Grey Cup – Calgary Stampeders defeat Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- United States Triple Crown races:
- Kentucky Derby – Monarchos
- Preakness Stakes – Point Given
- Belmont Stakes – Point Given
- Grand Slam in tennis men’s results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women’s results:
- Australian Open – Jennifer Capriati
- French Open – Jennifer Capriati
- Wimbledon Championships – Venus Williams
- US Open – Venus Williams