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Germany's Winter Olympic History



Germany's Winter Olympic History
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     challenging words:    specially-made, obsession, best, modern-day, purely, better, all-time, political, excel, particularly, successful, nation, history, interesting, luge, split
     content words:    Winter Olympic, World War II, War II, United States, Soviet Union, East Germany, West Germany, Winter Olympics, German Winter Olympic, Georg Hackl


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Germany's Winter Olympic History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Germany has a proud Winter Olympic history, as its athletes are some of the most successful from any country competing at the Games. Its modern-day athletes excel at sports like Alpine skiing, bobsledding, and the luge. Some have set records in those sports. Today, Germany competes at the Olympics as one nation. That wasn't always so. There was a time when the German people were represented by two teams. This was a time when the country was divided in two.
 
2     At the end of World War II, Germany had been defeated. The winners of World War II, particularly France, Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union agreed to collectively rule Germany. But strong political divisions between the Soviet Union and France, Britain, and the United States caused a split. For purely political reasons, the country of Germany was divided into two new countries: East Germany and West Germany.
 
3     Until 1968, Germany had competed as one team in all the Olympics. For the next 20 years, Germany sent two teams to the Winter Olympics. East Germany's team did better at the Winter Olympics. It holds seventh place in the all-time medals list. During those 20 years, East Germany won 100 medals. Since 1992, the German Winter Olympic team has won almost 200 medals, putting it at fifth on the all-time medals list. In the 2006 Olympics, Germany won more medals than any other country.

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