1936 Winter Olympics

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IV Olympic Winter Games
1936 Winter Olympics.svg
The 1936 Olympic Logo comprises the Olympic rings in the foreground and
the summit of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Alps with a ski track leading to the mountains in the background.
Around, there is the inscription "IV. OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE 1936
Host city Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Nations participating 28
Athletes participating 646
(566 men, 80 women)
Events 17 in 4 sports (8 disciplines)
Opening ceremony February 6
Closing ceremony February 16
Officially opened by Führer Adolf Hitler
Athlete's Oath Wilhelm Bogner
Stadium Olympia Skistadion
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The 1936 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IV Olympic Winter Games (French: Les IVes Jeux olympiques d'hiver) (German: Olympische Winterspiele 1936), were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1936 in the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Germany. Germany also hosted that year's Summer Olympics in Berlin. 1936 is the last year in which the Summer and Winter Games were both held in the same country (the cancelled 1940 Games would have been held in Japan, with that country likewise hosting the Winter and Summer games).

The 1936 Winter Olympics were organized on behalf of the German League of the Reich for Physical Exercise (DRL) by Karl Ritter von Halt. Von Halt had been named President of the Committee for the organization of the Fourth Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen by Reichssportführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten.



Medals were awarded in 17 events contested in 4 sports (8 disciplines).

Demonstration sports


  • Große Olympiaschanze – Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and Ski Jumping.
  • Gudiberg – Alpine skiing (combined – slalom)
  • Kreuzjoch – Alpine skiing (combined – downhill)
  • Kreuzeck – Alpine skiing (downhill finish line)
  • Olympia-Kunsteisstadion – Figure skating and Ice hockey
  • Riessersee and surrounding areas – Bobsleigh, Ice hockey, and Speed skating

Participating nations

28 nations sent athletes to compete in Germany. Australia, Bulgaria, Greece, Liechtenstein, Spain, and Turkey all made their Winter Olympic debut in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Yugoslavia all returned to the Games after having missed the 1932 Winter Olympics.

Participating National Olympic Committees

Medal count

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway 7 5 3 15
2  Germany (host nation) 3 3 0 6
3  Sweden 2 2 3 7
4  Finland 1 2 3 6
5  Switzerland 1 2 0 3
6  Austria 1 1 2 4
7  Great Britain 1 1 1 3
8  United States 1 0 3 4
9  Canada 0 1 0 1
10  France 0 0 1 1
 Hungary 0 0 1 1
Total 17 17 17 51

See also


  1. ^ The 1940 Games (scheduled for Sapporo) and the 1944 Games (scheduled for Cortina d'Ampezzo) were cancelled, due to World War II

External links

  • "Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. 
  • "Results and Medalists — 1936 Winter Olympics". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. 
  • Complete official IOC report. In German
  • The program of the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Olympics

Further reading

Preceded by
Lake Placid
Winter Olympics

IV Olympic Winter Games (1936)
Succeeded by
cancelled due to World War II
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