Cross-country skiing
at the IV Olympic Winter Games
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg
Dates6–16 February
No. of events3
Competitors109 from 22 nations
← 1932
1948 →

The 1936 Winter Olympics were held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The games began on 6 February 1936, and ended on 16 February 1936. There were three cross-country skiing events held, in which only men competed. There were 109 male competitors from 22 different nations. The youngest participant was 17-year-old Resat Erces from Turkey, while the oldest participant was Nils Backstrom from the United States of America at 34 years old. The athletes whom collected the most medals were Oddbjørn Hagen of Norway, and Erik Larsson of Sweden – each received two medals. Sweden collected more medals than any other country in the cross-country skiing events at a total of five.[1]

Events consisted of the 18 km and 50 km Classical, and the 4 × 10 km relay event was added. The relay event was held on Monday, 10 February 1936, the 18 km competition was held on Wednesday, 12 February 1936, and the 50 km event was held on Saturday, 15 February 1936.

Rule Changes Implemented: "International Olympic Committee ruled that ski instructors could not compete in the games because they were professionals. Austrian and Swiss skiers boycotted the Olympics, but some Austrians decided to compete under representation of Germany."

Medal summary

Medal table

1 Sweden2125
2 Finland1012
3 Norway0202
Totals (3 nations)3339


Event Gold Silver Bronze
18 km
Erik August Larsson
1:14:38 Oddbjørn Hagen
1:15:33 Pekka Niemi
50 km
Elis Wiklund
3:30:11 Axel Wikström
3:33:20 Nils-Joel Englund
4 × 10 km relay
 Finland (FIN)
Sulo Nurmela
Klaes Karppinen
Matti Lähde
Kalle Jalkanen
2:41:33  Norway (NOR)
Oddbjørn Hagen
Olaf Hoffsbakken
Sverre Brodahl
Bjarne Iversen
2:41:39  Sweden (SWE)
John Berger
Erik August Larsson
Arthur Häggblad
Martin Matsbo

Participating nations

Ten cross-country skiers competed in all three events.

A total of 109 cross-country skiers from 22 nations competed at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games:


  1. ^ "Cross Country Skiing at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 June 2019.