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GARMISH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany
This Bavarian ski resort will go down in posterity under its nickname Ga-Pa. It was here that the 1936 Winter Olympics were organised by Nazi Germany, a prelude to those in Berlin a few months later. Germany went all out to show an acceptable face to the Nazi regime, hiding Hitler's real ambitions. This was the first time that alpine skiing became an Olympic discipline. Each of the winners of the downhill, combined and slalom events won a medal. Until that time a skier had to win all three events to merit the single medal on offer.Only the Germans Pfnur in the men's events and his compatriot Cranz in the women'scould save the honour of a poor German team, outclassed by the Norwegians who had long been the unbeaten masters of speed skating and cross country events.
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