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.
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.
|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|
|10||Freddie Tomlins||16||Great Britain||GBR||5×11+||77.0||2,550.5||364.357|
|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|
|16||Geoffrey Yates||17||Great Britain||GBR||5×17+||110.0||2,441.0||348.714|
|22||George Hill||28||United States||USA||4×21+||148.0||2,275.8||325.114|