When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, they decided to use the Olympic Games in 1936 for propaganda purposes. Adolf Hitler ordered the construction of a great sports complex in Grunewald named the "Reichssportfeld". The stadium consisted of a 100,000 seat track and field stadium, six gymnasiums, and many other smaller arenas.
Hitler Entering the Reichssportfeld
In total there were 21 different events that were competed in during the 1936 Berlin, Germany Olympic Games. These events ranged from basic athletics, boxing, diving, gymnastics soccer to field hockey and even wrestling.
Jesse Owens, a black athlete from the United States, was the star of the 1936 Olympic Games. Owens, brought home four gold medals: the 100-meter dash, the long jump , the 200-meter sprint around a turn, and as part of the team for the 400-meter relay.