Cross-country skiing at the 1936 Winter Olympics

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The 1936 Winter Olympics were held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The games began on February 6th, 1936, and ended on February 16th, 1936. There were three Cross-Country skiing events held, in which only men competed. There were 109 male competitors from 22 different nations. The youngest participant was 17 year old Resat Erces from Turkey, while the oldest participant was Nils Backstrom from the United States of America at 34 years old. The athletes whom collected the most medals were Oddbjorn Hagen of Norway, and Erik Larsson of Sweden- each received two medals. Sweden collected more medals than any other country in the Cross-Country skiing events at a total of 5.

Events consisted of the 18 km and 50 km Classical, and the 4x10 km relay event was added. The relay event was held on Monday, February 10, 1936, the 18 km competition was held on Wednesday, February 12, 1936, and the 50 km event was held on Saturday, February 15, 1936.

Rule Changes Implemented: “International Olympic Committee ruled that ski instructors could not compete in the games because they were professionals. Austrian and Swiss skiers boycotted the Olympics, but some Austrians decided to compete under representation of Germany.”


Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
18 km
details
 Erik August Larsson
Sweden (SWE)
 Oddbjørn Hagen
Norway (NOR)
 Pekka Niemi
Finland (FIN)
50 km
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 Elis Wiklund
Sweden (SWE)
 Axel Wikström
Sweden (SWE)
 Nils-Joel Englund
Sweden (SWE)
4x10 km relay
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 Finland (FIN)
Kalle Jalkanen
Klaes Karppinen
Matti Lähde
Sulo Nurmela
 Norway (NOR)
Sverre Brodahl
Oddbjørn Hagen
Olaf Hoffsbakken
Bjarne Iversen
 Sweden (SWE)
John Berger
Arthur Häggblad
Erik August Larsson
Martin Matsbo

Participating nations[edit]

Ten cross-country skiers competed in all three events.

A total of 109 cross-country skiers from 22 nations competed at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games:

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Sweden 2 1 2 5
2 Finland 1 0 1 2
3 Norway 0 2 0 2

References[edit]

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  • International Olympic Committee results database