Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (1936)
At the Olympic Committee's gathering in 1931, the German capital of Berlin was chosen to host the 1936 Summer Games. And in a crafty parliamentary move similar to those seen in statehouses across America today, the Germans announced that they would exercise their right to organise the Winter Games too, which the IOC's bylaws allowed at that time (they later named the southern resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen as the site). As the athletes begin their parade at 0:26, watch as multiple nations raise their arms in Nazi salute to Chancelor Adolf Hitler, then just three years into his twelve-year reign of terror. Of note: the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games included the first symbolic lighting of the Olympic fire at the Winter Games (take a peek at towering Olympic cauldron at 1:07). The outbreak of hostilities – first in Japan and China and then in Europe – that ultimately led to the Second World War made it impossible for the Winter Games to be held in '40 or '44. As a result, cold-weather contests would not be seen again until the 1948 Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland.