Katarina Witt

Figure Skater
Born Dec 3, 1965

Katarina Witt is a German figure skater and model. In Germany she was commonly called "Kati" in the past, but today her full name is used more often. She won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics. She won the World Championships four times (in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988), and six consecutive European Championships (1983–1988).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Katarina Witt.


1965 Birth Born on December 3, 1965.


1977 - 1982 3 More Events
1983 17 Years Old Witt's taste in figure skating costumes sometimes caused debate. At the 1983 European Championships, she skated her Mozart short program in knee breeches instead of a skirt. … Read More
1984 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Witt was voted "GDR female athlete of the year" by the readers of the East German newspaper Junge Welt.
1985 19 Years Old Witt successfully defended her World title in 1985 but placed second to American Debi Thomas the following year.


1987 21 Years Old In 1987, Witt won her third World title. … Read More
In 1988, Witt won her sixth consecutive European Championship, equaling the achievement of Sonja Henie as the most successful skater in ladies' singles at the European Championships. … Read More
1990 24 Years Old In 1990, she received an Emmy Award for her role in this film.
In 1994, Witt made a comeback to the competitive skating scene, coached again by Jutta Müller. … Read More
1995 29 Years Old In 1995, Witt was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. … Read More


1996 30 Years Old In 1996, Witt had a cameo role in the movie Jerry Maguire. … Read More
1997 31 Years Old Witt appeared as herself in two episodes of the TV comedy series Arli$$ that aired in 1997 and 1998.
1998 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Witt posed nude for Playboy magazine at age 32, and the pictures were published months later in the December 1998 issue (she turned 33 on 3 December), which was the second ever sold-out issue of the magazine. (The first sold-out issue was the inaugural one including photos of Marilyn Monroe.) Witt said she did not care for the "cute, pretty, ice princess image" of figure skaters and wanted to "change people's perceptions."
2005 39 Years Old Around this time, she also played a villain in an episode of the tongue-in-cheek television series, V.I.P. In November 2005, Witt published a novel, Only with Passion, in which she offers advice to a fictional young skater based on her many years of skating. … Read More


2007 41 Years Old 1 More Event
She was invited to Istanbul as an honoured guest for the skating competition TV show called Buzda Dans (Dance on Ice) on 25 February 2007. … Read More
2013 47 Years Old In January 2013, Witt appeared on German TV in her first leading role, playing a figure skater who is pursued by a stalker. … Read More
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