Germany at the Summer Olympics

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Germany at the
Olympics
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IOC code GER
NOC German Olympic Sports Confederation
Website www.dosb.de (in German) (in English) (in French)
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Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games
 Saar (1952)
 United Team of Germany (1956–1964)
 East Germany (1968–1988)
 West Germany (1968–1988)

Athletes from Germany (GER) have appeared in 27 of the 30 Summer Olympic Games, having competed in all Games except[1] those of 1920, 1924 and 1948, when they were not permitted to do so. Germany has hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice; the 1936 Games in Berlin, and the 1972 Games in Munich.

The nation appeared 15 times as a single country (IOC code GER), before World War II and again after German reunification in 1990. Three times, from 1956 to 1964, German athletes from the separate states in West and East competed as a United Team of Germany, which is currently listed by the IOC as EUA, not GER.

Due to partition under occupation that resulted in three (until 1957) post-war German states, two concurrent Olympic teams with German athletes appeared on five occasions, in 1952, from 1968 to 1976, and in 1988. The all-time results of German athletes are thus divided among the designations GER, EUA, FRG, GDR and SAA (the Saarland, which only took part in the 1952 Summer Games and won no medals).

Including the Summer Games of 2012, German athletes have won 1304 medals : 411 gold, 432 silver and 461 bronze. The IOC currently splits these results among four codes, even though only the East German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1968 to 1988 had sent a separate team to compete against the team of the German NOC that represented Germany (GER) since 1896.

Timeline of Germany at the Summer Olympics[edit]

1896–1912[edit]

1896–1912

Germany entered all Olympic Games starting in 1896, even though the relations between the German Empire under Kaiser Wilhelm II, and the French Third Republic where Pierre de Coubertin revived Olympic games and held the 1900 Summer Olympics, were strained following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71. The country's overall medal ranks varied from second through seventh.

The worst result, seventh, occurred in the 1900 Paris Olympics. The German gymnasts were judged no better than 53rd in the single gymnastic contest organized by the French, behind dozens of Frenchmen, who occupied the first 18 places and thus won all three medals. In contrast, the Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens had seen eight contests, with Germans scoring five gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

The anticipated 1916 Summer Olympics, which were to be officially known as the Games of the VI Olympiad, were to have been held in Germany's capital, Berlin. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, organization continued, as no one foresaw the war dragging on for four years. Eventually, though, the games were canceled.

1920–1948[edit]

1928–1932

After World War I, the German Empire became a republic informally known as Weimar Republic, a change which was reflected in a new flag of Germany that in fact was older than the former one, dating back to early 19th century democratic movements. In the Paris Peace Conference, the outbreak of the war was blamed on Germany and other Central Powers allies. These nations, which by now had new governments, were banned from the 1920 Summer Olympics. While all other banned nations were invited again for the 1924 Summer Olympics, held for the second time in Pierre de Coubertin's home town of Paris, the ban on Germany was not lifted until 1925. This was likely related to French Occupation of the Ruhr and the Rheinland between 1923 and 1925.

After 16 years of absence, a new generation of German athletes returned in the 1928 Summer Olympics, scoring second overall. Four years later, the worldwide Great Depression prevented many athletes from competing in the 1932 Games in Los Angeles. Winning only three gold medals, the German team was ranked ninth, though it did finish tied in silver medals, with 12.

1936

In the spring of 1931 the 1936 Summer Olympics were awarded to Berlin, 20 years later than originally planned. From 1933 onwards, the Nazi Party ruled Germany, a change being marked by the use of the Nazi flag. In the games, the 348 German athletes not only outnumbered the 310 Americans, but outscored them for the first time in the medal count in which Germany ranked first. Also, German gymnasts Konrad Frey and Alfred Schwarzmann won the most medals, with six and five in total, of which three each were gold, while American Jesse Owens had won four gold medals himself. Leni Riefenstahl documented the games in the film Olympia.

The 1940 Summer Olympics as well as the 1944 Summer Olympics were canceled due to World War II. For the 1948 Summer Olympics, with the war a recent memory, Germany and Japan were not invited.

Separate German teams 1952–1988[edit]

1952–1956
since 1972

A United Team of Germany with athletes from two states appeared three times at the Olympic games from 1956 to 1964. The IOC currently does not attribute these results to Germany (GER), but lists them separately as the Equipe Unifiée Allemande (EUA).

In the 1952 Games, only athletes from West Germany and the Saar Protectorate took part. The former represented the Federal Republic of Germany (GER), which as the only independent democratic state, covering the largest part of Germany, claimed exclusive mandate to represent the entire country. Athletes from the Saar Protectorate (SAA) competed as a separate team, as the French-occupied region would not join the Federal Republic of Germany until 1955.

West Germany used the code GER at the Games from 1968 to 1976, although its athletes' participation is now coded as FRG by the IOC, a code introduced in 1980.

Athletes from the Soviet-occupied German Democratic Republic (GDR) appeared in a separate team after the United Team effort was discontinued. In five Games, from 1968 to 1980 and again in 1988, they represented the GDR before the East German states joined the Federal Republic of Germany in 1990, and the GDR ceased to exist.

Since 1990, the enlarged Federal Republic of Germany has been simply called Germany (GER). West Germany's six Olympic teams (from 1952, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984 and 1988) are still listed by the IOC under FRG, though, and not attributed to GER.

In the 1980s, each of the two states participated in one of the multinational boycotts of Summer Games. Many Western countries, including the Federal Republic of Germany, boycotted the Moscow Games of 1980 due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the year before. In return, 14 Eastern Bloc states, including the GDR, boycotted the Los Angeles Games in 1984. Thus, only one German team was present in each of these two Olympics.

FRG (West Germany)[edit]

The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), often called West Germany during the Cold War, was founded in 1949 as the largest of the three German states formed under occupation after the division of Germany following World War II. The West German NOC continued the tradition of the German NOC that had joined the IOC in 1895, and continued to represent the Germany that was enlarged after the Saar Protectorate (SAA) joined the Federal Republic of Germany in 1956, and after the states of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) (East Germany) had joined in the process of German reunification in 1990.

German teams competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics under the designations of GER and SAA. In the Games of 1956, 1960 and 1964, German athletes competed as a United Team of Germany (EUA), but 1968 until the end of the Cold War, the two states sent independent teams designated as West and East Germany, until the separate East German state ceased to exist.

United Team of Germany 1956–1964[edit]

1960–1968

After three German states had been founded in Germany under occupation after World War II, athletes from the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) competed together as the United Team of Germany (EUA for French: Équipe unifiée d'Allemagne, German: Gesamtdeutsche Mannschaft) in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Winter and Summer Olympics.

Prior to that, German athletes from West Germany and the French-occupied Saar Protectorate took part in the 1952 Summer Olympics organized in different teams designated as GER and SAA. The Saar Protectorate joined the Federal Republic after 1955, while the East German authorities, which had not taken part in the 1952 Games, agreed in 1956 to let their athletes compete in a united team that used the black-red-gold tricolour, but with additional Olympic rings in white placed upon the red middle stripe, as East German politicians were eager not to compete under the traditional German flag used both by West Germany and even themselves. Only in 1959, the GDR added socialist symbols to create a distinct Flag of East Germany. As the use of the Deutschlandlied, dating back to 1841 and 1797, of the recently created East German anthem, or of possible combinations was also rejected, Beethoven's melody to Schiller's Ode an die Freude (Ode to Joy) was played for winning German athletes as a compromise in lieu of a national anthem.

During the Games of 1956, 1960 and 1964 the traditional abbreviation GER for Germany was used, or rather the equivalents in the language of the host country. In Innsbruck in 1964, the Austrian officials used the international license plate code of D for Deutschland (Germany) for the country. The IOC code currently uses EUA (from the official French-language IOC designation, Equipe Unifiée Allemande) and applies this in hindsight for the United German Team. No reasoning is given, it may be done to allow for the political circumstances during the German divide between 1949 and 1990, and the involvement of two National Olympic Committees rather than only one.

Despite initially calling for a "united Germany" in the East German anthem, the socialist East German government intensified its separation in Germany, with the erection of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 obstructing travel within Germany even more. The travel of GDR athletes, such as to contests and training sites in the Alps, was limited due to fear of Republikflucht.

As a result of this development, from the 1968 Winter Olympics onward, German athletes competed as separate West and East teams, while still using the compromise flag and Beethoven anthem that year. The French organizers of the Grenoble Games used the codes ALL (Allemagne, Germany) and ADE (Allemagne de l'Est, East Germany), which roughly correspond to the IOC codes of GER and GDR.

1968–1988

The separation was completed at the 1972 Summer Olympics, when the two countries used separate flags and anthems. This continued until the German Reunification of 1990 where the German Democratic Republic became part of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Medal tables[edit]

Medals by Games[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank Team
Greece 1896 Athens 6 5 2 13 3rd  Germany
France 1900 Paris 4 2 2 8 7th  Germany
United States 1904 St. Louis 4 4 5 13 2nd  Germany
United Kingdom 1908 London 3 5 5 13 5th  Germany
Sweden 1912 Stockholm 5 13 7 25 6th  Germany
Belgium 1920 Antwerp not invited
France 1924 Paris not invited
Netherlands 1928 Amsterdam 10 7 14 31 2nd  Germany
United States 1932 Los Angeles 3 12 5 20 9th[2]  Germany
Germany 1936 Berlin (host nation) 33 26 30 89 1st  Germany
United Kingdom 1948 London not invited
Finland 1952 Helsinki 0 7 17 24 28th[3]  Germany
0 0 0 0  Saar
Australia 1956 Melbourne 6 13 7 26 7th  United Team of Germany (EUA)
Italy 1960 Rome 12 19 11 42 4th  United Team of Germany (EUA)
Japan 1964 Tokyo 10 22 18 50 4th  United Team of Germany (EUA)
Mexico 1968 Mexico City 5 11 10 26 8th[4]  West Germany
9 9 7 25 5th  East Germany
West Germany 1972 Munich (host nation) 13 11 16 40 4th  West Germany
20 23 23 66 3rd  East Germany
Canada 1976 Montreal 10 12 17 39 4th  West Germany
40 25 25 90 2nd  East Germany
Soviet Union 1980 Moscow boycotted West Germany West Germany
47 37 42 126 2nd  East Germany
United States 1984 Los Angeles 17 19 23 59 3rd  West Germany
boycotted East Germany East Germany
South Korea 1988 Seoul 11 14 15 40 5th  West Germany
37 35 30 102 2nd  East Germany
Spain 1992 Barcelona 33 21 28 82 3rd  Germany
United States 1996 Atlanta 20 18 27 65 3rd  Germany
Australia 2000 Sydney 13 17 26 56 5th  Germany
Greece 2004 Athens 13 16 20 49 6th  Germany
China 2008 Beijing 16 11 14 41 5th  Germany
United Kingdom 2012 London 11 20 13 44 6th  Germany
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro 17 10 15 42 5th  Germany
Total (GER) 191 194 230 615
Total (GDR) 153 129 127 409
Total (FRG) 56 67 81 204
Total (EUA) 28 54 36 118
Total (SAA) 0 0 0 0
Total 428 444 474 1346

Medals by sport (as GER)[edit]

   Leading in that sport
Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 32 18 20 70
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 25 13 14 52
Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 23 14 14 51
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 18 26 36 80
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling 14 14 16 44
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 14 11 14 39
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 13 19 29 61
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 10 9 5 24
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 6 7 7 20
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 5 7 9 21
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 4 12 9 25
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 4 9 10 23
Field hockey pictogram.svg Field hockey 4 2 4 10
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 3 4 5 12
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 3 2 13 18
Diving pictogram.svg Diving 2 8 11 21
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis 2 6 2 10
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball 2 0 1 3
Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon 2 0 1 3
Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 1 2 0 3
Football pictogram.svg Football 1 1 3 5
Handball pictogram.svg Handball 1 1 1 3
Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon 1 1 0 2
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 0 3 4 7
Archery pictogram.svg Archery 0 2 1 3
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo 0 1 1 2
Rugby union pictogram.svg Rugby 0 1 0 1
Total 190 193 230 613

These totals do not include the one gold and one silver medal won by Germany in figure skating at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

Medals by sport (GDR)[edit]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 38 36 35 109
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 38 32 22 92
Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 33 7 8 48
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 14 7 9 30
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 6 13 17 36
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling 6 6 4 16
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 5 2 6 13
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 3 8 5 16
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 2 3 2 7
Diving pictogram.svg Diving 2 2 3 7
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 2 2 2 6
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 1 4 6 11
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 1 2 6 9
Football pictogram.svg Football 1 1 1 3
Handball pictogram.svg Handball 1 1 1 3
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball 0 2 0 2
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 0 1 0 1
Total 153 129 127 409

Medals by sport (as FRG)[edit]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 12 14 17 43
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 11 5 9 25
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 7 8 1 16
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling 4 5 5 14
Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 4 4 6 14
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 4 4 3 11
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 3 5 14 22
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 2 6 3 11
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 2 2 3 7
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 2 2 3 7
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 1 4 4 9
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 1 4 3 8
Field hockey pictogram.svg Field hockey 1 3 0 4
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 1 0 5 6
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis 1 0 1 2
Handball pictogram.svg Handball 0 1 0 1
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 0 0 2 2
Football pictogram.svg Football 0 0 1 1
Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 0 0 1 1
Total 56 67 81 204

Medals by sport (as EUA)[edit]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 5 5 4 14
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 4 18 8 30
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 4 5 2 11
Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 4 4 1 9
Diving pictogram.svg Diving 3 1 0 4
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 1 5 6 12
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 1 5 3 9
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling 1 4 2 7
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 1 3 2 6
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 1 1 2 4
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 1 1 1 3
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 1 1 1 3
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 1 0 1 2
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 0 1 1 2
Field hockey pictogram.svg Field hockey 0 0 1 1
Football pictogram.svg Football 0 0 1 1
Total 28 54 36 118

Medalists[edit]

Archery[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Barbara Mensing
Cornelia Pfohl
Sandra Wagner-Sachse
United States 1996 Atlanta Archery pictogram.svg Archery Women's team
 Bronze Barbara Mensing
Cornelia Pfohl
Sandra Wagner-Sachse
Australia 2000 Sydney Archery pictogram.svg Archery Women's team
 Silver Lisa Unruh Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Archery pictogram.svg Archery Women's individual

Beach volleyball[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Bronze Jörg Ahmann
Axel Hager
Australia 2000 Sydney Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball Men's tournament
 Gold Julius Brink
Jonas Reckermann
United Kingdom 2012 London Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball Men's tournament
 Gold Laura Ludwig
Kira Walkenhorst
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball Women's tournament

Modern pentathlon[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Bronze Helmuth Kahl Netherlands 1928 Amsterdam Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon Men's individual
 Gold Gotthard Handrick Germany 1936 Berlin Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon Men's individual
 Gold Lena Schöneborn China 2008 Beijing Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon Women's individual

Sailing[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Amelie Lux Australia 2000 Sydney Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing Women's mistral
 Bronze Erik Heil
Thomas Plößel
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 49er

Table tennis[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Steffen Fetzner
Jörg Roßkopf
Spain 1992 Barcelona Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Men's doubles
 Bronze Jörg Roßkopf United States 1996 Atlanta Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Men's singles
 Silver Timo Boll
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Christian Süß
China 2008 Beijing Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Men's team
 Bronze Dimitrij Ovtcharov United Kingdom 2012 London Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Men's singles
 Bronze Timo Boll
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Bastian Steger
United Kingdom 2012 London Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Men's team
 Silver Han Ying
Petrissa Solja
Shan Xiaona
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Women's team
 Bronze Bastian Steger
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Timo Boll
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Men's team

Taekwondo[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Faissal Ebnoutalib Australia 2000 Sydney Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo Men's middleweight
 Bronze Helena Fromm United Kingdom 2012 London Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo Women's middleweight

Triathlon[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Stephan Vuckovic Australia 2000 Sydney Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon Men's individual
 Gold Jan Frodeno China 2008 Beijing Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon Men's individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ In the boycotts of 1980 and 1984, only one of two teams remained absent, with the East Germans being the only Germans present in Moscow 1980
  2. ^ 5th when counting by total medals, see 1932 Summer Olympics medal table
  3. ^ 5th when counting by total medals, see 1952 Summer Olympics medal table
  4. ^ 4th when counting by total medals, see 1968 Summer Olympics medal table

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