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Berlin
1936

DateAugust 1 - August 16
CountryGermany
Athletes3963
Teams49
Events129
Berlin 1936

About the Games

Jesse Owens

The Berlin Games are best remembered for Adolf Hitler’s failed attempt to use them to prove his theories of Aryan racial superiority. As it turned out, the most popular hero of the Games was the African-American sprinter and long jumper Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump.

Television Coverage

The 1936 Games were the first to be broadcast on television. Twenty-five television viewing rooms were set up in the Greater Berlin area, allowing the locals to follow the Games free of charge.

Young Olympians

Thirteen-year-old Marjorie Gestring of the U.S. won the gold medal in springboard diving. She remains the youngest female gold medallist in the history of the Summer Olympic Games. Twelve-year-old Inge Sorensen of Denmark earned a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke, making her the youngest medallist ever in an individual event.

Debuts and Firsts

Basketball, canoeing and field handball all made their first appearances.

All Medals

Medal Table

See the list of teams and medals won by each.

See table
Berlin
1936

Featured Athletes

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  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    3G
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  • GermanyGermany
    3G
    1S
    2B
  • United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    1G
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  • United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    4G
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    Berlin 1936

    Berlin
    1936

    Discover the Games

    The Brand

    A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

    Brand

    Brand

    The Medals

    Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.

    Medals

    Medals

    The Torch

    An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.

    Torch

    Torch