The symbol of fire
These Games saw the introduction of the torch relay based on an idea by Dr Carl Diem. A lit torch was carried from Olympia to the site of the Games through seven countries- Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany: a total journey of more than 3,000 km.
The 1936 Games were also the first to be broadcast on television. Twenty-five television viewing rooms were set up in the Greater Berlin area, allowing the locals to follow the Games free of charge.
Leni Riefenstahl's official film
"Olympia” is a film that is radically different from all those made about sport before it. The director chose to highlight the aesthetics of the body by filming it from every angle. This film brought about new perspectives in cinematography and still remains without equal.
Apart from medals, the athletes received a winner's crown and an oak tree in a pot.
New on the programme
For the first time, the programme included men's handball and basketball tournaments.
More than four million tickets sold.
Twelve years from Berlin to London
As with World War I, the outbreak of hostilities, first in Japan and China and then in Europe, would make it impossible for the Games of the XII and XIII Olympiads to be held in 1940 and 1944 respectively. In fact, it would be 12 years before the Olympic flame would once again burn in an Olympic stadium, in London, in 1948.
Berlin 1936. Arrival of the Olympic Flame at the Olympic Stadium.
Official opening of the Games by: Chancellor Adolf Hitler
Lighting the Olympic Flame by: Fritz Schilgen (athletics)
Olympic Oath by: Rudolf Ismayr (weightlifting)
Official Oath by: The officials' oath at an Olympic Summer Games was first sworn in 1972 in Munich.