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 canceled 1940 Games would have been held in Japan, with that country likewise hosting the Winter and Summer Games).
|Voting results for the 1936 Winter Olympic 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.
- German skier Willy Bogner took the Olympic oath during the opening ceremonies.
- Alpine skiing made its first appearance in the winter Olympics as the combined, which added a skier's results in both the downhill and slalom. German athletes Franz Pfnür won men's alpine and Christl Cranz won women's alpine events.
- Ivar Ballangrud won three out of the four speed skating races.
- Sonja Henie won her third consecutive gold medal in woman's figure skating.
- Switzerland won the 4 man bobsled in a time of 5:19.85.
- Great Britain upset 1932 gold medalists Canada in ice hockey.
- The country who won the overall Games was Norway with a total of 7 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 3 bronze medals.
- These Games had the largest and heaviest medals ever awarded to athletes: 100 mm diameter, 4 mm thick, weighing 324 g.
Los Angeles 1932
Lake Placid 1932
St. Moritz 1948
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