Germany prepares for the Olympic Games 

12 September 2022


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From World-Radio magazine for 17 January 1936

(From our Berlin Correspondent)

IN preparation for the Winter Olympic Games which take place between February 7 and 14 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and for the principal Olympic Games to be held in Berlin from August 1 to 15 next, a number of programmes are to be broadcast by the German stations during the next few weeks.

On January 21, at 6.50 p.m., Hamburg, Königsberg, Stuttgart, Leipzig, and the Deutschlandsender will broadcast a ten minutes’ talk on the Olympic Winter Games and the manner of their judging. Similar talks from Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Breslau, Frankfurt, and Saarbrücken will take place on January 28 at the same time. All stations will relay fifteen-minute Olympic preparatory programmes from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the scene of the Winter Games, on Janaury 29 between 9.15 and 9.30 p.m., and on February 2 the entire German network will relay the Deutschlandsender’s Olympic “Feierstunde.”

The German Broadcasting Company’s engineering staff are hard at work preparing facilities for the commentators from the twelve nations which wish to broadcast from Garmisch during the period of the Winter Games. Special cable connexions have been laid to allow a number of international trunk lines to be taken right up to Garmisch. In the ski-ing stadium fourteen commentators’ cabins have been erected – two cabins on each of the judges’ towers and the remaining ten set at intervals along the end of the jump.


Courtesy of British Pathé


Ice skaters

Skating champions practising in the Olympic Ice Stadium at Garmisch-Partenkirchen [By courtesy of German Rlys.]

Circuits for World-Broadcasts

Technical equipment has been provided for six simultaneous broadcasts by cable to various countries in Europe: one circuit has been provided for Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark; a second circuit for the Netherlands, Great Britain, America, Canada, etc.; a third for France, Belgium, Spain, etc.; a fourth for Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, etc.; and a fifth for Poland, Czechoslovakia, etc. The sixth circuit is for German stations, and will also feed the German short-wave stations. These circuits are for actual broadcasting only. Others will be provided for telephonic communication, which will include descriptions by a reporter on skis, another on a bob sleigh, and so on. These will be effected with the aid of portable short-wave transmitters.

To accommodate the additional staff and apparatus which will be required for the commentaries on the Olympic Games next August, the authorities are providing twenty-five talks studios, each with separate recording equipment, and about fifty administration offices. The site chosen is that of the future second Berlin “Broadcasting House,” work on which will begin next spring.


Courtesy of Olympics


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Joseph Gallant 1 October 2022 at 4:12 am

The British men’s hockey team unexpectedly won a gold medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics, arguably an even bigger “Miracle On Ice” than either the United States’ surprise gold medals in 1960 (Squaw Valley, California) or 1980 (Lake Placid, New York).

It turned out that the reason the British won that gold medal was that most of their players lived in either Canada or the United States, but had either dual Canadian/British citizenship or dual U.S./British citizenship.

Many Canadian and American hockey fans cried “Foul!”, but this tactic was perfectly legal.

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