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Garmisch Partenkirchen 1936 - Quick hits
- Racist banners
While visiting Olympic sites in the run-up to the Games, IOC president Count Henri de Baillet-Latour spotted a sign which read: "No dogs or Jews allowed". He demanded an explanation from Hitler who snapped that visitors should always respect the traditions of the host. As the Olympic flag was flying over the site, Baillet-Latour considered that he was the host and that the signs should be removed. Hitler complied.
- Not cricket
The president of the British Hockey Federation J.F. "Bunny" Ahearne stopped at nothing to build a team capable of winning the ice hockey gold medal. Compiling a list of Canadian players who had British ancestory, he drafted in nine players from Canada who were born in Britain. The ploy worked to perfection as "Great Britain" upset the previously unbeaten Canadian team and won the gold medal.
German ice hockey star Rudi Ball fled his country when the Nazis began to enforce their racialist policies. One month before the Games he accepted an offer to return. He was the only Jewish player on the German team.
- Get me to the jump on time
To enable spectators to get to the various competition sites, special trains left Munich for Garmisch-Partenkirchen every ten minutes. Attendances went through the roof and the ski jump event was attended by approximately 150,000 people.
- It's raining again
Organisers were driven to distraction by heavy rain leading up to the opening of the Games. However, as the temperatures dropped the rain turned to snow and conditions were ideal for the competition. The day after the last day of the Games it started raining again.
Home girl Christl Cranz overcame a sixth-place finish in the downhill to grab the combined gold medal by finishing first in the slalom. In the same race, the multi-talented Norwegian Laila Schou Nielsen, also a gifted cross-country skier and a world class speed skater, took the bronze.
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