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Figure Skating at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Artificial Ice Stadium, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Date Started: February 8, 1936
Date Finished: February 14, 1936
Format: Each judge ranked each skater by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the skaters. The points were based on 60% for Compulsory Figures and 40% for Free Skating, with the tiebreaker for each judge being Compulsory Figure Points. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. If no absolute majority for a place existed, the tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Total Ordinals, 2) Total Points, 3) Compulsory Figure Points.

Gold: AUT Karl Schäfer
Silver: GER Ernst Baier
Bronze: AUT Felix Kaspar

Summary

Karl Schäfer was a heavy favorite to take his second Olympic gold medal in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Austrian was unbeaten in European Championships since 1929 and World Championships since 1930. At the European Championships in Berlin three weeks before the Olympics, he was clearly ahead of his nearest rivals, Englishman Graham Sharp and the German home favorite, Ernst Baier. Of the North Americans, Canadian bronze medalist Montgomery Wilson was expected as a strong medal contender.

Schäfer was unchallenged and defended his Olympic gold easily. Two weeks after the Olympics, he went to Paris and won his last international title, the World Championships. He then withdrew from the amateur ranks and went to the United States to pursue a career as a figure skating coach.

To the satisfaction of the home crowd, Ernst Baier, a veteran of 30, secured the silver medal. He had lived in the shadow of Schäfer during the first half of the 1930s, coming second to the Austrian on five championships occasions. After 1936 he concentrated, with success, on pair skating. The bronze medal was won by the 21-year-old Viennese Felix Kaspar, who in the late 1930s took over the men’s figure skating throne after Schäfer, winning two World and three European Championship titles before the outbreak of the Second World War. Kaspar was especially famous for his high jumps.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MP TO TP RP
1 Karl Schäfer 26 Austria AUT Gold 7×1+ 7.0 2,959.0 422.842
2 Ernst Baier 30 Germany GER Silver 6×4+ 24.0 2,805.3 400.757
3 Felix Kaspar 21 Austria AUT Bronze 5×3+ 24.0 2,801.0 400.142
4 Bud Wilson 26 Canada CAN 4×4+ 30.0 2,761.5 394.500
5 Graham Sharp 18 Great Britain GBR 4×5+ 34.0 2,758.9 394.128
6 Jack Dunn 18 Great Britain GBR 6×6+ 42.0 2,714.0 387.714
7 Marcus Nikkanen 32 Finland FIN 4×7+ 54.0 2,664.7 380.671
8 Elemér Terták 17 Hungary HUN 6×9+ 56.0 2,652.3 378.900
9 Dénes Pataky 19 Hungary HUN 4×9+ 60.0 2,623.3 374.757
10 Freddie Tomlins 16 Great Britain GBR 5×11+ 77.0 2,550.5 364.357
11 Leopold Linhart 21 Austria AUT 4×11+ 80.0 2,549.2 364.171
12 Robin Lee 16 United States USA 5×13+ 80.0 2,541.0 363.000
13 Erle Reiter 19 United States USA 4×13+ 95.0 2,470.3 352.900
14 Hellmut May 14 Austria AUT 4×15+ 96.0 2,483.6 354.800
15 Toshiichi Katayama 22 Japan JPN 5×15+ 108.0 2,431.9 347.414
16 Geoffrey Yates 17 Great Britain GBR 5×17+ 110.0 2,441.0 348.714
17 Lucian Büeler 25 Switzerland SUI 4×17+ 119.0 2,404.9 343.557
18 Günther Lorenz 20 Germany GER 4×18+ 119.0 2,404.4 343.485
19 Roman Turuşanco 18 Romania ROU 4×18+ 128.0 2,364.4 337.771
20 Kazuyoshi Oimatsu 24 Japan JPN 4×20+ 139.0 2,332.3 333.185
21 Zenjiro Watanabe 21 Japan JPN 4×20+ 147.0 2,277.9 325.414
22 George Hill 28 United States USA 4×21+ 148.0 2,275.8 325.114
23 Tsugio Hasegawa 22 Japan JPN 5×23+ 162.0 2,202.0 314.571
24 Jaroslav Sadílek 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 7×24+ 161.0 2,135.1 305.014
25 Verners Auls 46 Latvia LAT 7×25+ 175.0 1,558.2 222.600