Games of the XI Olympiad
The 1936 Olympic Games saw the introduction of the torch relay, in which a lighted torch is carried from Olympia to the site of the current Games. The 1936 Games were also the first to be broadcast on a form of television. Basketball, canoeing and team handball made their first appearances, while polo was included in the Olympic program for the last time.
Francis Amyot won the only gold medal for Canada at these Games (C-1 1000m). Canoeists also brought home two more medals – C-2 10,000m silver and C-2 1000m bronze. Canada won the silver medal in the men’s basketball Olympic debut, losing 19-8 to the U.S. in the gold medal game.
Phil Edwards continued his medal haul with a bronze in the 800m. When added to his four bronze from the previous two Olympic Games, Edwards had won more Summer Olympic Games medals than any other Canadian athlete. His teammates claimed three more medals – John Loaring with a silver in the 400m hurdles, Betty Taylor with a bronze photo finish in the 80m hurdles and bronze by the women’s 4x100m relay team. Wrestler Joseph Schleimer completed the medal tally with bronze in the 72kg freestyle.
Olympic Oath (athletes): Rudolf Ismayr (weightlifting)
Olympic Oath (officials): None
Olympic Oath (coaches): None
Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Fritz Schilgen
Official Opening: Chancellor Adolf Hitler