SHARE
COPY LINK
2012 LONDON OLYMPICS

LONDON

Germany’s triumphs and disasters at London 2012

It's been an eventful Olympics for Germany - or Team BRD, as the German media has not dubbed them - with triumphant beach boys, damp squib swimmers and a neo-Nazi scandal. The Local surveys the highs and lows.

Germany's triumphs and disasters at London 2012
Photo: DPA

Initial scientific predictions about Germany’s solid fifth place in the medals tally looked distinctly shaky at first, since it took Germany all of three days to register their first medal – a silver for fencer Britta Heidemann.

And there were more media outcries and defensive statements from federation officials when Germany’s swimmers failed to bag a single medal of any colour – the country’s worst result for 80 years.

Check out our special photo gallery of Germany’s rollercoaster ride.

National sporting morale was not improved much either by the row kicked up over rower Nadja Drygalla, who ended up leaving the Olympic village in despair because of her relationship with neo-Nazi – or former neo-Nazi depending on who you believe – Michael Fischer.

But the tide turned in the second week, and Germany went on to snag a whole collection of medals in a wide range of disciplines – in the end, German athletes defied the doubters and rode, paddled, hurled, and thwacked their way to glory.

The Local/bk

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

OLYMPICS

Germany’s Interior Minister rules out ‘unthinkable’ bid to host 2036 Olympics

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has ruled out a bid to host the 2036 Olympics, saying in an interview that it would be "unthinkable" on the 100th anniversary of the Nazi-era 1936 Games in Berlin.

Germany's Interior Minister rules out 'unthinkable' bid to host 2036 Olympics
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. Photo: DPA

Held three years before the outbreak of the Second World War, the 1936 games are widely remembered as a propaganda coup for Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

In March this year, Berlin's state minister of the interior Andreas Geisel faced heavy criticism after he appeared to suggest Berlin should bid for the 2036 Olympics in an interview with Tagesspiegel newspaper.

However, the 69-year-old Seehofer, whose ministry also holds the sports portfolio, said Germany could not be seen to celebrate the centenary of the Nazi-era Berlin Olympics.

“It would be unthinkable. If we did that, we would bring on an unspeakable international discussion and harm the Olympic idea,” he told Frankfurt-based newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in an interview published on Monday.

“How would people see it across the world? Germany celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Nazi Olympics? That cannot happen.”

Aside from concerns over associations with the Nazi regime, there is scant public support for hosting the Olympics in Germany.

READ ALSO: Interior Ministry begs for more cash after 'forgetting' landmark reunification celebration

Public referendums, in 2015 and 2013, rejected proposed Olympic bids to host the summer games in Hamburg and a winter edition in Munich respectively.

Seehofer said that he was generally in favour of a German Olympic bid, but voiced concern that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had become too focused on commercial success.

“In the eyes of the public, the IOC has wandered too far from its original idea and into commercialism,” he told the FAZ.

He called on the IOC to “de-commercialise” and said he had “a lot of sympathy” for the German Athletes' Commission, which last year demanded that the IOC share a quarter of its profits with Olympic participants.

By Kit Holden

SHOW COMMENTS