Category: Summer Olympics

On this day: Jesse Owens wins his 4th gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics

[caption id="attachment_3949" align="alignleft" width="364"] Jesse Owens 1936[/caption] On this day: Jesse Owens wins his 4th gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics ( August 9th 1936) Owens had already broken two world records at the 1936 Summer Olympics, taking gold in the 200-meters and in the long jump. His first buy glucophage online gold medal of the Games came from equalling the world record in the 100-meter race. The US team winning the 4x100-meter relay would not only earn him his 4th medal of the tournament but also set a record that held for 20 years.  

Our Favourite Facts about the 1936 Summer Olympics

[caption id="attachment_3919" align="aligncenter" width="789"] 1936 Summer Olympics torch relay (Bundesarchiv_Bild_146-1976-116-08A,_Olympische_Spiele,_Fackelläufer)[/caption] For the eightieth anniversary of the 1936 Summer Olympics we decided to publish our five favourite light-hearted facts about the 'Nazi Games'. The ones that mostly got lost in the tragic decade that followed. 1.This was the first televised Olympic Games Public viewing rooms established in Berlin and nearby Potsdam for the 1936 Olympics meant that over 150,000 people were able to see black and white broadcasts of the different competitions. Athletes in the Olympic Village were also able to watch live coverage in a recreation building known as Hindenburg Hall. With live transmission totalling 72 hours worth of footage, despite being low quality by modern standards, the distinction of the 'Nazi Games' being the first Olympics to feature live video broadcasting was a propaganda coup for a regime seeking to highlight the superiority of German technology. 2. The torch…

Eighty years since the ‘Nazi Games’

[caption id="attachment_3928" align="aligncenter" width="800"] View of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin during the 1936 Summer Olympics (the Nazi Games) (Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-R82532)[/caption] The Summer Olympics in 1936 began on a very atypical August day. Dark clouds gathered in the sky over Berlin. Occasional rain harassed the spectators. The doomed Hindenburg airship hovered over the Olympic stadium, intermittently obscuring the sun and casting a giant shadow across the crowd. For the opening ceremony, three thousand singers warmed the colossal stone stadium in West Berlin with the sound of the German national anthem, followed by a more sinister rendition of the Horst-Wessel-Song. Only by chance had the opportunity to hold the Olympics Games fallen into the hands of the Nazi regime, with the decision for the venue made in 1931, two years before Hitler's seizure of power. Previously scheduled to be held in Germany in 1916, the competition had been cancelled due to the outbreak of…