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Germany at the Olympics

Germany is one of the strongest countries that has ever participated in the modern Olympics since the first in 1896. In 1936, Germany hosted the Summer Games in Berlin, finishing the top team. Germany again hosted the Games in 1972 in Munich.

Germany were banned from participating in the Summer Games in 1920, 1924 and 1948 because of the World Wars. From 1956 to 1964, even though they were a divided country, both West and East Germany participated as the Unified Team of Germany (in 1952 Saarland was also included) and from 1968 to 1988, there were two German teams - East Germany and West Germany — in the Summer Olympics. When they came back as a united Germany in 1992, they have dominated at the Olypics, never ranking lower than 6th place overall.

As far as the Winter Games are concerned, Germany made their debut in 1928 and won their first Olympic medal, a bronze thanks to their five-man bobsleigh team. They also hosted the 1936 Winter Games where they won a total of 6 Olympic medals (3 gold and silver) and ranked 2nd overall. They were not present in 1948 due to the ban. When they came back in 1992, they made quite an impact by raking in 26 medals making them the top team that year. Germany were also the top team in Nagano, Japan (1998) and Turin, Italy (2006).


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