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WITT Katarina

Katarina WITT

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Katarina Witt was an enchanting and skilful figure skating champion who dominated her sport for nearly a decade.

Early starter

Katarina Witt started ice skating at the age of five. Her talent soon became obvious, and she gained entry to a special school for children with a talent for sport in Karl-Marx-Stadt. It was here that she met her coach Jutta Müller.

Breakthrough year

Witt’s breakthrough came in 1982 when she finished second at the World Championships in Copenhagen. Her grace and elegance captured everybody’s eye, and from that point forward she began to dominate the sport.

Olympic success

At the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games, Katarina Witt came through a closely fought contest to win the women's figure skating gold medal.  Four years later, she won an even tighter contest. She actually lost the free skating competition, but earned the gold medal based on her performances in the compulsory figures and the short programme. Witt was the first repeat winner in women's figure skating since Sonja Henie.

Hall of Fame

After enjoying success as an actress, Witt returned to the sport to compete at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games. She placed seventh but enchanted the crowd despite not winning a medal. In 1995, Witt was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

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Where are they now? Katarina Witt’s legend lives on

Katarina Witt’s zest for sport brought two Olympic golds, now that passion is enriching the lives of youngsters with physical disabilities
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Best of the Winter Olympics

With the Sochi 2014 Olympics fast approaching we look back at some the of the greatest moments in the history of the Winter Games. With highlights featuring some of your favorite Winter Olympians we have everything you need to get ready for Sochi 2014 right here!

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Katarina Witt - Germany

Katarina Witt’s Gold performance to the music of Bizet’s Carmen during the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.
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Katarina Witt Wins Gold - Figure Skating

Highlights as Katarina Witt wins the Women's Figure Skating Gold Medal during the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympic Games.

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