1936 Berlin Olympic Games
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Berlin, Germany

Team Gold Medalist


  • Anita Bärwirth
    Erna Bürger
    Isolde Frölian
    Friedl Iby
    Trudi Meyer
    Paula Pöhlsen
    Julie Schmitt
    Käthe Sohnemann

Preceded by

1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games

Succeeded by

1948 London Olympic Games

The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain, on 26 April 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona (two years before the Nazis came to power). It marked the second and final time that the International Olympic Committee would gather to vote in a city which was bidding to host those Games. The only other time this occurred was at the inaugural IOC Session in Paris, France, on 24 April 1894. Then, Athens and Paris were chosen to host the 1896 and 1900 Games, respectively.

Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy, and did not want Jews or Blacks to be allowed to participate in the Games. However, when threatened with a boycott of the Games by other nations, he relented and allowed Blacks and Jews to participate, and added one token participant to the German team—a German woman, Helene Mayer, who had a Jewish father.

Format of Competition

Two group exercises for which the team score counted, along with individual compulsory and optional exercises on parallel bars, horse vault and balance beam. In the individual exercises, each team put up all eight of their gymnasts per event, where only the best six scores counted towards the team score.


Rank Country GP IP Total
1 800px-Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany 108.250 398.250 506.500
Anita Bärwirth
Erna Bürger
Isolde Frölian
Friedl Iby
Trudi Meyer
Paula Pöhlsen
Julie Schmitt
Käthe Sohnemann
2 Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 115.850 387.750 503.600
Jaroslava Bajerová
Vlasta Děkanová
Božena Dobešová
Vlasta Foltová
Anna Hřebřinová
Matylda Pálfyová
Zdeňka Veřmiřovská
Marie Větrovská
3 Flag of Hungary Hungary 116.600 382.400 499.000
Margit Csillik
Margit Kalocsai
Ilona Madary
Gabriella Mészáros
Margit Nagy
Olga Tőrös
Judit Tóth
Eszter Voit
4 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 115.100 370.500 485.600
Dušica Radivojevič
Lidija Rupnik
Marta Pustišek
Olga Rajkovič
Dragana Đorđević
Ančka Goropenko
Katarina Hribar
Maja Veršeč
5 Flag of the United States of America United States of America 99.550 372.050 471.600
Connie Caruccio-Lenz
Jennie Caputo
Irma Haubold
Margaret Duff
Ada Lunardoni
Adelaide Meyer
Mary Wright
Marie Kibler
6 Flag of Poland Poland 98.750 371.550 470.300
Klara Sierońska
Marta Majowska
Matylda Ossadnik
Wiesława Noskiewicz
Janina Skirlińska
Alina Cichecka
Julia Wojciechowska
Stefania Krupa
7 Flag of Italy Italy 92.650 349.400 442.050
Ebore Canella
Clara Bimbocci
Elda Cividino
Carmela Toso
Pina Cipriotto
Anna Avanzini
Vittoria Avanzini
Gianna Guaita
8 Flag of Great Britain Great Britain 95.000 313.300 408.300
Mary Heaton
Mary Kelly
Lilian Ridgewell
Doris Blake
Brenda Crowe
Clarice Hanson
Marion Wharton
Edna Gross

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