Ivies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Recap (1936)
1936 GermischPartenkirchen Winter Games
756 Athletes, 28 Countries, 17 Events
Berlin was the site of the 1936 Summer Games and Germany proceeded to exercise their right to hold the Winter Games as well. The Games were to be played in the towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen, both communities were in close proximity of one another. These sites were announced in 1931, when the IOC awarded Berlin the Summer Games. Two years later, Adolf Hitler rose to power, leading many countries to question the venue of the Winter Games that would take place first. However, the IOC received assurances from Hitler, and the Games went on with recordbreaking attendance of 28 nations.
Alpine skiing was an Olympic event for the first time in 1936, to the delight of Dartmouth skiers Warren H. Chivers (1938), Richard H. Durrance (1939), Edgar H. Hunter, Jr. (1938), and A. Lincoln Washburn (1935) who were among the 12 Ivy League athletes, all competing for the United States, at the Games.
Chivers, Durrance, and Washburn were teammates on the Dartmouth Outing Club (where alpine skiing was long since introduced), teammates on the Olympic team, and fraternity brothers as well (all were part of Phi Gamma Delta). Chivers was part of the 40-kilometer relay team at GarmischPartenkirchen. Washburn skied in the slalom and two-mile alpine events, he placed 35th in the latter, placing him fourth among American finishers. Durrance placed eighth in the slalom race and 11th in the alpine. Their teammate, Hunter, hit a rock in practice just days before the Games and did not compete. Though none of the four Dartmouth skiers took home a medal, they were part of the pioneering of alpine skiing. Durrance, who spent part of his childhood in Garmisch, would stay involved with the sport for years to come as the best collegiate racer, and later as a fixture in the Aspen skiing community.
Five Leaguers were part of the U.S. Men's Ice Hockey team at the 1936 Games, hoping to avenge the championship loss to Canada at the 1932 Games. Great Britain took care of Canada instead, surprising many on their way to the gold medal. However, the Great Britain team included ten players that lived in Canada. The US team still managed to come in third, with the leadership of: Frank J. Spain (Dartmouth, 1934), John B. Garrison, (Harvard 1931), Frank K. Stubbs (Harvard, 1936), Frederick A. Kammer (Princeton, 1934), and Malcolm E. McAlpin (Princeton, 1932).
The Games also featured three Crimson figure skaters: George E.D. Hill (1933), James L. Madden (1933), and Maribel Y. Vinson (1933). This would be the last Games for all three; Madden and Vinson had prior Olympic experience, Vinson won the bronze medal in the ladies' singles competition in 1932. Tragically, Vinson (later Maribel Owen) would die in a plane crash 25 years later with the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating team heading to the world championships. Also on the plane were her two daughters, both members of the team.
|Warren H. Chivers||Dartmouth College||Men's Nordic Skiing|
|Richard H. Durrance||Dartmouth College||Men's Nordic Skiing|
|Edgar H. Hunter, Jr.||Dartmouth College||Men's Alpine Skiing|
|Frank J. Spain||Dartmouth College||Men's Ice Hockey|
|A. Lincoln Washburn||Dartmouth College||Men's Alpine Skiing|
|John B. Garrison||Harvard University||Men's Ice Hockey|
|George E.D. Hill||Harvard University||Men's Figure Skating|
|James L. Madden||Harvard University||Men's Figure Skating|
|Frank K. Stubbs||Harvard University||Men's Ice Hockey|
|Maribel Y. Vinson||Harvard University||Women's Figure Skating|
|Frederick A. Kammer||Princeton University||Men's Ice Hockey|
|Malcolm E. McAlpin||Princeton University||Men's Ice Hockey|
|Gilbert Colgate||Yale University||Men's Bobsled|