Monday, November 12, 2012

1936 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - Garmisch-Partenkirchen



www.olympicceremony.org
1932 Lake Placid -1940

IV Olympic Winter Games
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1936
Adolf Hitler Salutes at the 1936 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony

Olympic Ceremony Records
italics indicate records at the time
  • First Ceremony to be Held at a Ski Jumping Arena
  • First Winter Olympics in which Greece Leads the Parade of Nations
  • First Olympic Cauldron in a Winter Olympic Games
  • First Fireworks at an Olympic Closing Ceremony
  • First Fireworks at an Olympic Winter Ceremony (Closing)
  • First Ceremony at Night (Closing)
  • First Use of Torches at Night
  • Largest Crowd to Witness an Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony - 40,000 (previous Chamonix 10,000)
  • Most Nations Participating - 28
  • Most Athletes Participating - 646
  • Most Events in a Winter Olympics - 17
Opening Ceremony
Große Olympiaschanze (40,000)
February 6, 1936
At 40,000 in attendance, this was the largest crowd to ever see an Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

Video



Official Report
(click to read the excerpts regarding the Opening Ceremony)


Opening Ceremony Highlights
The 1936 Winter Olympics were the first Olympics held in Nazi Germany.  Adolf Hitler presided over these games and up to that point they were arguably the most successful Winter Olympic Games in history.  The Ceremonies also mark a major milestone in the development of the Olympic Ceremony that would later effect the Berlin Summer Olympics of 1936.  By implementing several ceremonial components, such as the Olympic Cauldron, Bells, Classical Music, and in the Closing Ceremony the use of light and fire to dramatize the event, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen ceremonies were some of the most influential in the history of the Olympic movement for their developments directly lead to the development of the first fully artistic mega-ceremony seen in Berlin only a few months later.
  • Officials Enter Stadium
  • Parade of Nations guided by 2,000 Hitler Youth
  • Games opened by Adolf Hitler
  • Bells Rung
  • Olympic Cauldron is Lit by electronic ignition
  • Olympic Flag raised to the Olympic Anthem
  • Althete's Oath
  • Olympic Band performs the Adagio from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
  • Athlete's Depart to Marches
Photos
Gold Medal from the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Poster from the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
The First Olympic Cauldron for an Olympic Winter Games
1936 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
The First Winter Olympic Cauldron Burning in the Snow Storm During the 1936 Winter Olympics
1936 Winter Olympic Closing Ceremonies
The Olympic Flag is Lowered at the 1936 Winter Olympic Closing Ceremonies
Similar to the 1936 Summer Games, the Nazi Winter Games also featured  ceremonial beams of light
The First Ceremonial Fireworks for an Olympic Winter Games in 1936
Adolf Hitler Arrives at the 1936 Winter Olympic Closing Ceremony
Adolf Hitler Salutes at the 1936 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony


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