1936 Winter Olympics

The 1936 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IV Olympic Winter Games (French: Les IVes Jeux olympiques d'hiver) (German: Olympische Winterspiele 1936), was a winter multi-sport event that was celebrated in 1936 in the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Germany. The country also hosted the 1936 Summer Olympics, which were held in Berlin. It was the last year in which the Summer and Winter Games both took place in the same country (the cancelled Olympics of 1940 would have been held in Japan, with Tokyo hosting the Summer Games and Sapporo hosting the Winter Games).

IV Olympic Winter Games
1936 Winter Olympics.svg
Logo of the 1936 Winter Olympics[a]
Host cityGarmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Athletes646 (566 men, 80 women)
Events17 in 4 sports (8 disciplines)
Opening6 February
Closing16 February
Opened by
StadiumGroße Olympiaschanze
Lake Placid 1932 St. Moritz 1948
Garmisch 1940
Los Angeles 1932 Berlin 1936

The 1936 Winter Olympics were organized on behalf of the German League of the Reich for Physical Exercise (DRL) by Karl Ritter von Halt, who 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.


Advertising poster by Ludwig Hohlwein (1935)


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

Demonstration sportsEdit


  • 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 nationsEdit

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

Number of athletes by National Olympic Committees (from highest to lowest)Edit

Medal countEdit

  *   Host nation (Germany)

1  Norway75315
2  Germany*3306
3  Sweden2237
4  Finland1236
5  Switzerland1203
6  Austria1124
7  Great Britain1113
8  United States1034
9  Canada0101
10  France0011
Totals (11 nations)17171751

Podium sweepsEdit

Date Sport Event NOC Gold Silver Bronze
13 February Nordic combined Individual   Norway Oddbjørn Hagen Olaf Hoffsbakken Sverre Brodahl
15 February Cross-country skiing Men's 50 kilometre   Sweden Elis Wiklund Axel Wikström Nils-Joel Englund

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ 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


External linksEdit

  • "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 readingEdit

Preceded by
Lake Placid
Winter Olympics

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