IV Winter Olympic Games.
Alpine skiing events were included for the first time at the 1936
Winter Olympic Games; held in the Bavarian towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen.
Austrian and Swiss skiers boycotted the events, however, when the IOC
overruled the International Ski Federation (FIS) by declaring that ski instructors could
not take part in the Olympics; because they were professionals.
Sonja Henie made it
three gold medals at three consecutive Winter Games, while Karl Schäfer earned his
Ballangrud won three out of four speed skating races, including the shortest (500m)
and the longest (10,000m).
In ice hockey, Great Britain upset the Canadians; although it could be
argued that ten of the British team lived in Canada.
Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Curling,
Ice Hockey, Luge,
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located at the foot of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in
Germany (2,962m), and is both one of the principal climatic health spas in the Bavarian
Alps and Germanys premier winter sports metropolis.
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