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Military Ski Patrol, Men

Date14 February 1936 — 08:00
StatusOlympic (non-medal)
LocationOlympia-Skistadion, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Participants36 from 9 countries
Format25 km.

At the 1936 Winter Olympics, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, a military patrol competition was held. The International Olympic Committee refused admission of this sport into the Olympic Program, but the expressed desires of Adolf Hitler forced the IOC to make this program a demonstration sport. Military patrol is considered the precursor to biathlon. The success of the Italian team was honored by Benito Mussolini with 30,000 lira per participant, because it was the first time that the Italians placed first in a Nordic skiing event at the Olympics. The competition was very close with Italy winning by only 14 seconds over second-placed Finland. Italy was led by Enrico Silvestri, who had also competed in the 1928 military ski patrol demonstration.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeSTP
1ItalyITA2-28:35.00:00
Enrico SilvestriLuigi PerenniStefano SertorelliSisto Scilligo
2FinlandFIN2-28:49.00:00
Eino KuvajaOlli RemesKalle ArantolaOlli Huttunen
3SwedenSWE2-35:24.00:00
Gunnar WahlbergSeth OlofssonJohan WikstenJohan Westberg
4AustriaAUT2-36:19.00:00
Albert BachEdwin HartmannFranz HiermannEugen Tschurtschenthaler
5GermanyGER2-36:24.00:00
Herbert LeupoldHans HiebleHermann LochbühlerMichael Kirchmann
6FranceFRA2-40:55.00:00
Jacques FaureMarcel CohendozEugène SibuéJean Morand
7SwitzerlandSUI2-43:39.03:00
Arnold KaechJosef JauchEduard WaserJosef Lindauer
8CzechoslovakiaTCH2-50:08.00:00
Karel SteinerJosef MatěáskoBohuslav MusilBohumil Kosour
9PolandPOL2-52:27.00:00
Władysław ŻytkowiczJean PydychJózef ZubekAdam Rzepka