1936 Berlin Olympics
|Host city||Berlin, Germany|
(3,632 men, 331 women)
|Events||129 in 19 sports|
|Opening ceremony||August 1|
|Closing ceremony||August 16|
The 1936 Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was held in Germany. The Summer Olympics were opened August 16, 1936 in Berlin by Adolph Hitler, the Head of State. The 1936 Winter Olympics took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria.
National Socialist Germany outdid the Los Angeles Games of 1932 by constructing a vast new 100,000-seat track and field stadium, 6 gymnasiums, and many other smaller arenas. Athletes from 49 nations came to Berlin numbering 3961, setting a new record. The Olympic flame relay from Athens, Greece to Berlin was re-instituted and filmed for the modern games.
Officials installed a closed-circuit television system, radio network that reached 41 countries, and many other forms of expensive high-tech electronic equipment. Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, a favorite of Adolf Hitler, was commissioned for $7 million  by the German Olympic Committee to film the Games. Her film, entitled Olympia, introduced many of the techniques now common to the filming of sports. The film remains the International Olympic Committee's official record of the Berlin Games.
Richard Strauss the world-famous composer of "Salome" and "Der Rosenkavalier", composed the Olympic Hymn.
Germany led the wins with 33 gold, 26 silver and 30 bronze metals.
These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games.
|1||Germany (host nation)||33||26||30||89|
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