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IV Olympic Winter Games
1936 Winter Olympics emblem.png
It 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
Opening ceremony February 6
Closing ceremony February 16
Officially opened by Adolf Hitler
Athlete's Oath Wilhelm Bogner
Stadium Olympia Skistadion

The 1936 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IV Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1936 in the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Germany. Germany also hosted the Summer Olympics the same year 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 Sports Office of the Third Reich (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 by Reichssportführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten.




Medals were awarded in 17 events in 6 sports (8 disciplines).


Demonstration sports


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, the Netherlands, and Yugoslavia all returned to the Games after having missed the 1932 Winter Olympics.

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

See also


Further Reading

  • Berlin Games – How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream, by Guy Walters ISBN 0-7195-6783-1 (UK) 0060874120 (USA)

External links

Preceded by
Lake Placid
Winter Olympics

IV Olympic Winter Games (1936)
Succeeded by


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