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Gymnastics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Date Started: August 10, 1936
Date Finished: August 11, 1936
Events: 9

Participants: 175 (111 men and 64 women) from 16 countries
Youngest Participant: ITA Elda Cividino (14 years, 243 days)
Oldest Participant: YUG Leon Å tukelj (37 years, 271 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): GER Konrad Frey (6 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (13 medals)


The 1936 Olympic gymnastics competitions were held at the [Dietrich-Eckart-Freilichtbühne] in the Reichssportfeld. This was an outdoor venue which was common for gymnastics in that era, but it would be the last time Olympic gymnastics was conducted outdoors. After the 1932 program, which included some unusual, American-oriented events such as rope climbing, tumbling, and club swinging, the 1936 gymnastics program returned to the men's standard of a team and individual all-around, with six apparatus events. Women had competed in a team all-around at Amsterdam in 1928, but had no gymnastics events at the 1932 Olympics. However, in Berlin, the women’s team all-around was returned to the Olympic Program.

Germany and Switzerland dominated the events, winning 22 of the 28 medals, with Germany winning 13 and Switzerland 9 medals. Germany won six of the nine events. They were led by [Konrad Frey], who won six medals and three golds; and [Alfred Schwarzmann], who won five medals and the individual all-around.