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IV (4th) WINTER GAMES
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY | February 6th - 16th, 1936/td>


Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER


Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
IVth WINTER GAMES

February 6 - 16, 1936

Mascot - none

28 countries, 668 athletes (80 women)

4 sports, 17 events

Opening - Chancellor Adolf Hitler

Torch lit by - none

Held here in conjunction with Berlin 1936's Games of the Olympiad

The world federation finally certified the peace with Germany, the aggressor during the First world War, entrusting it with the organization of the fourth edition of the "White Olympics". Almost all the great nations participated except for the Soviet Union which still had little interest in the Games. For the first time the Olympic flame burned at the Winter Olympics too. There were 106 thousand paying spectators and record participation for the first German Olympics which was the prologue to the more imposing Summer Games in Berlin.

With the Nazi Party ruling the day in Germany, it fell to Adolf Hitler to personally open the fourth Olympic Winter Games. Seeking to put on its best face and suppress any possible negative reporting of the Nazi administration of the Games, Germany allowed only German photographers to record Olympic events. These pictures were then carefully screened by the Nazi propaganda ministry before being made available for international distribution.

The IV Olympic Winter Games saw the introduction of alpine skiing (6th sport). The sole alpine event was combined alpine and downhill event for men and women, won by Germans Franz Pfnur and Christl Cranz. Among the stories was the performance of 16-year-old Norwegian Laila Schou Nilsen, who at the time held every speed-skating record for distances between 500m and 5,000m. Due to the exclusion of women's speed skating from the Olympics, she chose to instead compete in the combined downhill, which she won. Unfortunately, no medals were awarded at the time for success in individual races.

In other events, Sonja Henie won her third and final gold medal and the Scandinavians dominated the Nordic events. In a shocking upset, Britain won the men's hockey competition, although it should be noted that the team was largely made up of Anglo-Canadians. The Germans had a surprisingly poor showing in the bobsled, with their best time only good enough for fifth place in the two-man event.

Norway returned to the top of the medals table with 15.

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4 sports, 17 events

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BOBSLEIGH

         

1

1

 

2

ICE HOCKEY

             

1

1

SKATING

                 

Figure Skating

1

1

   

1

     

3

Speed Skating

4

             

4

SKIING

                 

Alpine Skiing

 

2

           

2

Cross-Country Skiing

   

2

1

       

3

Nordic Combined

1

             

1

Ski Jumping

1

             

1

TOTAL

7

3

2

1

1

1

1

1

17

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

(3 new events, New discipline - Alpine Skiing)
(14 Men, 2 Women, 1 Combined Events)

BOBSLEIGH
M\Two-Man: Ivan Elmore Brown/Alan M. Washbond, USA
M\Four-Man: Switzerland

ICE HOCKEY
Men's Team: Great Britain

SKIING

ALPINE SKIING (NEW)

M\Alpine Combined: Franz PFNÜR, Germany
W\Alpine Combined: Christel Cranz, Germany

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
M\18km Classical: Erik-August Larsson, Sweden
M\50km Classical: Elis Wiklund, Sweden
M\4x10km Relay: Finland

NORDIC COMBINED
M\Individual: Oddbjörn Hagen, Norway

SKI JUMPING

M\K-90 Individual: Birger Ruud, Norway

SKATING

FIGURE SKATING
M\Singles: Karl SCHÄFER, Austria
W\Singles: Sonja Henie, Norway
Pairs: Maxi Herber/Ernst Baier, Germany

SPEED SKATING
M\500m: Ivar Ballangrud, Norway
M\1500m: Charles Mathisen, Norway
M\5000m: Ivar Ballangrud, Norway
M\10000m: Ivar Ballangrud, Norway

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936

Country

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S

B

TTL

Norway

7

5

3

15

Germany

3

3

0

6

Sweden

2

2

3

7

Finland

1

2

3

6

Switzerland

1

2

0

3

Austria

1

1

2

4

Great Britain

1

1

1

3

USA

1

0

3

4

Canada

0

1

0

1

France

0

0

1

1

Hungary

0

0

1

1

TOTAL

17

17

17

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