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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).

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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