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Art Competitions at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Mixed Literature, Epic Works

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Exhibition Area Hall VI, Kaiserdamm, Berlin
Date Started: August 1, 1936
Date Finished: August 16, 1936

Gold: FIN Urho Karhumäki
Silver: GER Wilhelm Ehmer
Bronze: POL Jan Parandowski


The winner of this contest was the Finnish poet Urho Karhumäki. His work, Avoveteen (In open water), tells of athlete Yrjö Niemelä. In 1939, the work was made into a movie by Orvo Saarikivi, depicting the main character participating in the 1940 Helsinki Olympics (which were never held due to World War II).

The silver medal work, by Wilhelm Ehmer, writes about the failed ascent of the Mount Everest by George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. Mallory, in 1924, had won an Olympic gold medal for alpinism in an earlier attempt to scale the world's highest peak. Jan Parandowski, winner of the bronze, submitted a novel set in Ancient Greece, Dysk olimpijski (Olympic Discus).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Urho Karhumäki 45 Finland FIN Gold Into Free Water
2 Wilhelm Ehmer 38 Germany GER Silver Around the Peak of the World
3 Jan Parandowski 41 Poland POL Bronze Olympic Discus