August 1, 1936 – Games of the XI Olympiad – A class activity

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The Games of the XI Olympiad were opened in Germany. 

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As Hitler presided over the opening ceremony, these Games were to become one of the most controversial in the history of the modern Olympic Games.

In 2016, our nations will join together for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. The top athletes from around the world will compete against each other as they strive to be the best in the world.

There is no event like the Olympic Games. The athletes who compete are amazing in their ability to attain world-class standards and their drive to be the best, as they strive to beat their competitors and defy physical limitations and records on a global stage. These individuals are an example to all of us.

Meet Fanny Blankers-Koen, ‘the flying housewife’, who had great success as an athlete in the face of prejudice against her age, and refused to conform.

Discover the story of George Eyser, who overcame the loss of his leg in an accident, going on to win six medals.

George Eyser

Meet more of the past Amazing Olympians here.



  • Write half a page about the controversy of the 1936 Games.
  • Who broke an amazing 11 Olympic Games records at these Games?
  • Which nation won the most medals?
  • What are these numbers? XI and XXXI…….
  • Choose an athlete and write a short essay on their journey to Olympic competition.

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