Germany at the
NOCGerman Olympic Sports Confederation (in German, English, and French)
Ranked 3rd
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games


 Saar (1952)
 United Team of Germany (1956–1964)
 East Germany (1968–1988)
 West Germany (1968–1988)

Athletes from Germany have taken part in most of the modern Olympic Games held since 1896. Germany has hosted three Olympic Games, in 1936 both the Winter and Summer Games, and the 1972 Summer Olympics. In addition, Germany had been selected to host the 1916 Summer Olympics as well as the 1940 Winter Olympics, both of which had to be cancelled due to World Wars. After these wars, Germany was banned from participating in the 1920, 1924 and 1948 Olympics.

While the country was divided, each of the two German states boycotted one of the Summer Games. In 1980, West Germany was one of 66 nations which did not go to Moscow in protest at the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, and in 1984 East Germany joined the Soviet Union and several others in the boycott of the Summer Games in Los Angeles. In 1990, East Germany and West Germany would reunite, with Germany once again competing as a single full sovereign state since the 1992 Olympic year.

The IOC currently splits German results among four codes, even though only the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1968 to 1988 had sent a separate team to compete against the team of the German NOC that represented Germany (GER) since 1896.

German post-WW2 division until 1990

After German organisations had been dissolved by the Allies in 1947, in 1950 the IOC recognized the reorganized Nationales Olympisches Komitee für Deutschland for all of Germany, based in (West) Germany.

Due to the Cold War, an East German state (German Democratic Republic) was created in October 1949, and a separate National Olympic Committee (NOC) for East Germany was established in 1951. It was not immediately recognized by the IOC, which until 1965 required that athletes of the NOC of East Germany join the German team represented by the West Germany-based NOC of Germany. This team, which competed together from 1956 to 1964, is nowadays called the United Team of Germany (EUA, "Equipe Unifiée Allemande"), but was Germany (GER) then. As a result of the Germany being divided, from 1968 to 1990 two independent teams competed in each of the Games; the original designations were GER for the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and GDR for the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). In 1980 the West German code was changed to FRG (which is currently also applied by the IOC in retrospect). After the GDR ceased to exist in 1990 and its states joined the Federal Republic of Germany, Germany once again was represented by a single team, designated GER.

Additionally, in the early 1950s the French-occupied Saar had its own NOC and competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics before joining the German Olympic team in 1956 and the (West) German state by 1957.

Overview of Olympic participation

Further information: Germany at the Summer Olympics and Germany at the Winter Olympics

See also: All-time Olympic Games medal table

Timeline of participation

Date Team
1896–1912 German Empire Germany (GER)
1920–1924 denied participation
1928–1936 Weimar Republic Nazi Germany Germany (GER)
1948 denied participation
1952  Saar (SAA)  Germany (GER)
1956–1964  United Team of Germany (EUA)
1968–1988  West Germany (FRG)  East Germany (GDR)
1992–  Germany (GER)

Combined medals of all German NOCs

Germany has competed at the Olympics under five different designations, including as two separate teams at several Games. Sources vary in how they present the medals won by these teams. The table below shows sourced combinations of these teams, when applied to the main table. Saar competed independently in the Summer Olympic games in 1952, but failed to win any medals. Due to most lists only listing medal counts, it's possible but not certain Saar was included as part of Germany in their calculations.

Medals won by Germany at the Summer Olympic Games between 1896 and 2012 (between 1956 and 1964 as the United Team of Germany and between 1968 and 1988 as a sum of medals of West and East Germany)
Medals won by Germany at the Winter Olympic Games between 1928 and 2014 (between 1956 and 1964 as the United Team of Germany and between 1968 and 1988 as sum of medals of West and East Germany)

Medal counts:
status after the 2022 Olympics, as of February 20, 2022

Summer Games Winter Games Combined total
Team (IOC code)

1st place, gold medalist(s)

2nd place, silver medalist(s)

3rd place, bronze medalist(s)


1st place, gold medalist(s)

2nd place, silver medalist(s)

3rd place, bronze medalist(s)


1st place, gold medalist(s)

2nd place, silver medalist(s)

3rd place, bronze medalist(s)


   Germany (GER) 17 201 207 247 655 13 104 98 65 267 30 305 305 312 922
 Saar (SAA) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
 United Team of Germany (EUA) 3 28 54 36 118 3 8 6 5 19 6 36 60 41 137
 East Germany (GDR) 5 153 129 127 409 6 39 36 35 110 11 192 165 162 519
 West Germany (FRG) 5 56 67 81 204 6 11 15 13 39 11 67 82 94 243
Total 26 438 457 491 1386 22 162 155 118 435 48 600 612 609 1821
Combined IOC codes No. Games 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Combined total
 Germany (GER)[1] 30 305 305 312 922
 Germany (GER) (EUA) 36 341 365 353 1059
 Germany (GER) (EUA) (FRG) 47 408 447 447 1302
 Germany (GER) (EUA) (FRG) (GDR)[2] 58[3] 600 612 609 1821

Hosted Games

For the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, see West Germany at the Olympics.

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1936 Winter Olympics Garmisch-Partenkirchen 6 – 16 February 28 646 17
1936 Summer Olympics Berlin 1 – 6 August 49 3,963 129

Unsuccessful bids

Games City Winner of bid[4]
1908 Summer Olympics Berlin London, United Kingdom
2000 Summer Olympics Berlin Sydney, Australia
2012 Summer Olympics Leipzig[a] London, United Kingdom
2018 Winter Olympics Munich Pyeongchang, South Korea
2024 Summer Olympics Hamburg Paris, France
  1. ^ Not shortlisted into candidate stage

See also


  1. ^ International Olympic Committee: Germany
  2. ^ BBC: Timeline: Olympic Powers
  3. ^ Counting the eleven Games where both East Germany (GDR) and West Germany (FRG) competed as two appearances.
  4. ^ "Past Olympic host city election results". GamesBids. Archived from the original on January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2022.