Germany at the Winter Olympic Games

German athletes have participated in all but two stagings of the Winter Olympic Games, as they were left out in the cold after World Wars in 1924 and 1948. Germany entered into the Olympics for the first time in 1928 in St. Moritz. The nation was the host of the 1936 Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and were chosen to be a host again for the canceled 1940 Winter Games.

Although they were a divided country, the Germans sent a joint East-West team between 1952 and 1964. In 1968 East Germany and West Germany officially sent separate teams for the first time and continued to do so up until 1988 until the separate East German state ceased to exist in 1990.

The nation is an immovable force in biathlon, luge and bobsleigh and a strong contender in speed skating, alpine skiing, ski jumping, figure skating and cross-country skiing.

The first medal of Germany was earned by its bobsleigh team in 1928. Germany won two gold medals eight years later on its own as turf as a host. Alpine skiers Franz Pfnür and Christl Cranz reigned supreme in the men’s combined and women’s combined respectively.

Other prominent German athletes include alpine ski racer Katja Seizinger (3 gold and 2 bronze), ski jumper Jens Weißflog (3 gold and 1 bronze), Nordic combined skier Ulrich Wehling (3 gold), alpine skier Rosemarie Mittermaier-Neureuther (2 gold and 1 bronze), and alpine skier Markus Wasmeier (2 gold).


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