Katarina Witt
German figure skater
Katarina Witt
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).
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Retirement Planning: The Benefits of Working Longer
Nasdaq Stock Market - about 3 years
Daryl Owens has experienced more curveballs in the past decade than many people face in a lifetime. A New Orleans native, she lost her home and all her possessions in 2005 to Hurricane Katrina. With most of the hospitals
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Senain Kheshgi: The Diplomat
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Growing up in 1980s America, we were inundated with images of life on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Everyday, news reports beamed stories of soldiers patrolling the Berlin Wall and Eastern European politicians spouting rhetoric against the United States. Though life appeared grey and bleak in the Communist East, instinctually, we knew that people abroad must have received similar types of skewed messages about daily life in America. Of course, things are never entirely what they seem. Katarina Witt, once dubbed "the most beautiful face of socialism," is one of the most legendary skaters in the history of figure skating. This two-time, gold medal-winning Olympian broke records and stereotypes. Though we were interested in the relationship between athletics and politics in the Cold War, ultimately, we found an intimate story about Katarina's life in East Germany and her role as an international 'diplomat' for the German Socialist state. Witt may have been perceived ...
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Senain Khesghi: The Diplomat
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Growing up in 1980s America, we were inundated with images of life on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Everyday, news reports beamed stories of soldiers patrolling the Berlin Wall and Eastern European politicians spouting rhetoric against the United States. Though life appeared grey and bleak in the Communist East, instinctually, we knew that people abroad must have received similar types of skewed messages about daily life in America. Of course, things are never entirely what they seem. Katarina Witt, once dubbed "the most beautiful face of socialism," is one of the most legendary skaters in the history of figure skating. This two-time, gold medal-winning Olympian broke records and stereotypes. Though we were interested in the relationship between athletics and politics in the Cold War, ultimately, we found an intimate story about Katarina's life in East Germany and her role as an international 'diplomat' for the German Socialist state. Witt may have been perceived ...
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25 Years Ago Today: Remembering Calgary '88
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
It was 25 years ago today that the eyes of the world turned on Calgary. The legacy of Calgary '88 is still everywhere in the city.. the Saddledome is still the city's most visited venue for sport and entertainment, Calgarians still talk about the games fondly and with pride, and the ski jumps still loom high above Canada Olympic Park, reminding all heading west that they are departing an Olympic city. But as the quarter-century anniversary of the games rolled into town, Calgarians shared their memories, many churning up events and details that have slowly fallen out of the city's Olympic lore. Who remembers the chants of the games, how volunteers were everywhere and they were likely the friendliest bunch of hosts humanity has every put together in one geographical area? How about the icy duel of Brian Boitano and Brian Orser, the endless sex appeal of Katarina Witt and the can-do attitude of Eddy 'The Eagle' Edwards? Story continues after slideshow On Face ...
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Christie Looks To Reap Benefits Of Annual Showdown
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Big Easy has used Super Bowl XLVII to help stimulate and showcase its recovery from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. With the NFL's championship game coming to the New York/New Jersey area next year, there's hope the same can happen for the areas struck by Hurricane Sandy.
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Long Beach Speed Skater Races Against the Clocks
Long Beach Patch - almost 5 years
Fifteen seconds stands between Jacki Munzel and the Winter Olympic trials. But the speed skater from Long Beach faces roadblocks: her age and, unlike her dominant Dutch counterparts, the inability to train regularly at a regulation-sized oval. “I’m skating against people that are skating six days a week and I’m not,” said Munzel, who at 48-years-old has returned to the ice after hitting a barrier. Her fastest time in the 3,000 meters is 4:32, but to qualify for the trials possibly as late as one month before the Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February 2014, she must shave her time down to 4:17.   Instead of trekking 300 miles to the nearest oval in Lake Placid, Munzel trains daily either at her West End home on a Plexiglas slide board to simulate ice, or she runs the boardwalk and performs non-stop imagination drills along the shoreline from Neptune to Tennessee beaches. She otherwise trains on a short track twice weekly, rollerblades along the Wantagh Parkway, ...
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Dancing on ice judge Katarina Witt gets all hot and bothered over Chico Slimani
STV - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-160630" href="/Katarina+Witt+1">Katarina Witt</a> found it difficult to concentrate during last night's show when Chico took to the ice with his shirt off.
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DOI's Karen Barber 'furious' with Katarina Witt
Female First - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-546428" href="/Karen+Barber+1">Karen Barber</a> is reportedly "furious" with 'Dancing On Ice' judge <a class="fplink fp-160630" href="/Katarina+Witt+1">Katarina Witt</a> because she is too harsh on the contestants. <a class="fplink fp-546428" href="/Karen+Barber+1">Karen Barber</a> is reportedly...
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Dancing On Ice: Judge Katarina Witt 'Aware' Of Viewers' Cleavage Comments
The Huffington Post - about 5 years
Dancing On Ice judge <a class="fplink fp-160630" href="/katarina+witt+1">Katarina Witt</a>, whose cleavage has caused a frenzy among the show's fans, says she will be more careful about how much she gets off her chest in future. The former Olympic skating star said her outfits looked fine in the dressing room - but being seated on the ITV1 show has meant more has been on display than she anticipated. More...
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Dancing On Ice 2012: Katarina Witt explains why her dresses are ever-so-revealing
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The 46-year-old judge and former figure skater was probed about her penchant for flaunting her ample chest during an appearance on This Morning.
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Dancing on Ice judge Katarina Witt reveals what she ate yesterday
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
We study the eating habits of celebrities and assess their diet.
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Dancing On Ice 2012: Katarina Witt steps out in yet another plunging neckline
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The 46-year-old figure skater has stunned yet again as she stepped out in an ever lower neckline on Monday night.
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Dancing On Ice 2012: Katarina Witt takes over from Holly Willoughby in low-cut dress
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The German beauty stunned viewers with an extremely low-cut dress on tonight's Dancing On Ice, causing many of them to take to Twitter and comment on her cleavage.
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Holly who? Katarina Witt takes over from the Willoughbooby in a VERY low-cut dress on Dancing On Ice
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The German beauty stunned viewers with an extremely low-cut dress on tonight's Dancing On Ice, causing many of them to take to Twitter and comment on her cleavage.
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Dancing on Ice judge Katarina Witt claims East Germany's communist regime spied on her having sex
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The notorious Stasi watched the Olympic gold medalist for 17 years, determined she must not defect to the West.
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Dancing On Ice 2012: Katarina Witt apologises to Chemmy Alcott for 'big woman' remark
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
She stunned viewers and fans alike when she called the professional skier a 'big woman' live on TV.
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Katarina Witt Playboy Photos Fuel Dancing On Ice Excitement
Lalate News - about 5 years
LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – <a class="fplink fp-160630" href="/katarina+witt">Katarina Witt</a>’s Playboy photos were the first thing one judge for Dancing On Ice looked up after news was announced about her new TV role. <a class="fplink fp-160630" href="/katarina+witt">Katarina Witt</a> Playboy photos were published in the magazine’s December 1998 issue. To date, the Playboy pics still rank historically for the publication. They remain one [...]
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U.S. OPEN 2011; A Cheering Section, And a Support Team
NYTimes - over 5 years
Novak Djokovic scanned his guest box at the 2010 United States Open and was struck by the same feeling many couples experience when they glance at their wedding guest list. He wondered who some of the people were and why they were sharing his stage. When Djokovic played Rafael Nadal last year in his first Open final, and again last month in his
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Katarina Witt
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 47
    In January 2013, Witt appeared on German TV in her first leading role, playing a figure skater who is pursued by a stalker.
    More Details Hide Details The made-for-television movie Der Feind in meinem Leben (The enemy in my life) thus has autobiographical elements, as Witt herself had been stalked 20 years ago in the US. Following the dissolution of East Germany, Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (Stasi) files were found to show that the secret police had worked hard to keep Witt from defecting by giving her cars, accommodations, and permitted travel. Witt found 3,000 pages on her life from the age of eight.
  • 2007
    Age 41
    On 7 July 2007, Witt was a compere at the German segment of Live Earth.
    More Details Hide Details She headed Munich's unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On 3 December 2011, Witt was confirmed as a judge on the UK TV show, Dancing On Ice; she made her first appearance on 8 January 2012.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Since October 2006, she has her own TV show, Stars auf Eis (Stars on Ice), on the German station ProSieben.
  • 1998
    Age 32
    In 1998, Witt appeared in the movie Ronin in a small supporting role with several lines of script.
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    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."
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  • 1997
    Age 31
    Witt appeared as herself in two episodes of the TV comedy series Arli$$ that aired in 1997 and 1998.
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  • 1996
    Age 30
    In 1996, Witt had a cameo role in the movie Jerry Maguire.
    More Details Hide Details She also starred in a German-language movie called Princess on Ice. Witt provided the vocals for the theme song, "Skate With Me".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    In 1995, Witt was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Her farewell from show skating tour took place in February and March 2008.
  • 1994
    Age 28
    In 1994, Witt published her autobiography Meine Jahre zwischen Pflicht und Kür (My Years between Compulsories and Freestyle).
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    In 1994, skating a Robin Hood-themed program, she again pushed the boundaries of costume regulations by wearing a short tunic over leggings.
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    She qualified for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, where she finished 7th.
    More Details Hide Details Her free program to the music “Sag mir wo die Blumen sind” (an arrangement of the Pete Seeger folksong "Where Have All the Flowers Gone") included a peace message for the people of Sarajevo, the site of her first Olympic victory. She received the Golden Camera for her Olympic comeback.
    Witt's first international competition for the reunified country of Germany, following eleven years competing for East Germany, was the 1994 European Championships, where she finished 8th, again ahead of Kielmann who was 9th.
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    In 1994, Witt made a comeback to the competitive skating scene, coached again by Jutta Müller.
    More Details Hide Details She finished second at the German Championships behind Tanja Szewczenko with Marina Kielmann third.
  • 1990
    Age 24
    In 1990, she received an Emmy Award for her role in this film.
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  • 1988
    Age 22
    In 1988, Witt started a professional career – rare for East German athletes.
    More Details Hide Details She spent three years on tour in the United States with Brian Boitano, also an Olympic champion. Their show "Witt and Boitano Skating" was so successful that for the first time in ten years, New York's Madison Square Garden was sold out for an ice show. Later, she continued at Holiday on Ice in the United States and in western Europe. She also became an actress in the film Carmen on Ice (1989), which expanded upon her gold medal free program in Calgary.
    Both Witt and Thomas were favoured contenders at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details Their rivalry was known as the "Battle of the Carmens", as each woman had independently elected to skate her long program to music from Bizet's opera Carmen. They held the top two spots after the compulsory figures and the short program. Witt was third in the compulsories, behind Kira Ivanova and Thomas, before winning the short program with Thomas second. In her long program, Witt landed four triple jumps and downgraded her planned triple loop jump to a double loop. This left room for Thomas to win the long program, but Thomas missed three of her planned five triple jumps. Canadian skater Elizabeth Manley won the long program, but Witt retained her Olympic title based on her overall scores (she had finished ahead of Manley in both the compulsory figures and the short program). Witt became only the second woman in figure skating history (after Sonja Henie) to defend her Olympic title.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Both Witt's and Henie's number of European titles have been surpassed since by Irina Slutskaya but Witt retains the record of most consecutive European titles, sharing it with Henie.
  • 1987
    Age 21
    In 1987, Witt won her third World title.
    More Details Hide Details Although Witt finished fifth in compulsory figures, which meant that Thomas could finish second in both the short and long programs and still retain the World title, Thomas' 7th place in the short program put the two skaters on a level playing field ahead of the free skate. Witt landed five triple jumps, including a triple loop jump. Although Thomas also skated a strong long program, Witt was ranked first by the majority of the nine judges and reclaimed the World title.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 19
    Witt successfully defended her World title in 1985 but placed second to American Debi Thomas the following year.
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  • 1984
    Age 18
    She narrowly won the 1984 Olympic title in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, over the favoured contender, reigning World champion Rosalynn Sumners of the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Witt and Sumners held the top two spots heading into the Olympic free skate, which was worth 50% of the total score. Witt landed three triple jumps in her free skate program, and the judges left room for Sumners to win the event. Sumners scaled back two of her jumps and Witt won the long program by one-tenth of a point on one judge's scorecard. Witt then went on to win her first World title.
    In 1984, Witt was voted "GDR female athlete of the year" by the readers of the East German newspaper Junge Welt.
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  • 1983
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her blue skirtless feather-trimmed 1988 costume for a showgirl-themed short program was considered too theatrical and sexy, and led to a change in the ISU regulations dubbed the "Katarina rule" which required female skaters to wear more modest clothing including skirts that covered the buttocks and crotch.
  • 1982
    Age 16
    She placed on a major podium for the first time in 1982, winning silver at both the European and World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details The next season, she won her first European title but finished off the World podium in 4th place.
  • 1979
    Age 13
    Witt made her first appearance in a major international competition at the 1979 European Championships, finishing 14th at the event.
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  • 1977
    Age 11
    Witt represented the SC Karl-Marx-Stadt club for East Germany (GDR). Jutta Müller began coaching her in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Witt trained six days a week, sometimes for seven hours a day with three hours spent on compulsory figures.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on December 3, 1965.
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