On Andy Bloom's final throw of the shot put competition at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, he moved from fifth place to second. Bloom eventually finished third to qualify for the Sydney Games with runner-up C.J. Hunter and trials winner Adam Nelson. The shot put was one of the more exciting events at the trials, in which each of the aforementioned qualifiers all threw over 70 feet. Hunter later pulled out of the Sydney Games with a left knee injury.
In the days leading to the trials, Bloom had been suffering back and rib pain and says he was not sure how he would throw, although he knew he had one big toss in him. That toss came in the final round, when he put 70 feet, 10 3/4 inches. Bloom also finished fifth in discus at the trials, a discipline he says he was better at earlier in his career. He barely missed competing at the 1996 Atlanta Games, finishing fourth in the discus at that year's trials. Bloom was not too disappointed about narrowly missing the 1996 team because he says he had only began throwing well a few months before the trials. "At 22, it was a good experience for me," says Bloom, who finished fourth in the shot at the 1999 World Championships. "I've always seen 2000 as my team."
Andy finished in fourth place at the Olympics.