Karl Neukirch, a master joiner from Berlin, was on the German team that went to the Italian gymnastics festival of 1895. He again joined the German team in 1896 for the Olympics, winning two team titles. His exact results are not known, but he was unplaced in individual events. After their return home, most team participants were excluded from the reactionary German Gymnastics Association as they were “involved in a sporting event dedicated to internationalism." The winning teams were banned from national competitions in Berlin.