Katarina Witt

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Katarina Witt

German figure skater and model add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1965.

Countries: Canada (19%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (19%), United States (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: European Figure Skating Championships, Brian Boitano, World Figure Skating Championships

Linked to: Junge Welt, Stasi, Playboy, Time




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Katarina Witt was born in 1965 add something


Jutta Müller began coaching her in 1977 add something


Witt made her first appearance in a major international competition at the 1979 European Championships, finishing 14th at the event add something


She placed on a major podium for the first time in 1982, winning silver at both the European and World Championships add something


At the 1983 European Championships, she skated her Mozart short program in knee breeches instead of a skirt add something


In 1984, Witt was voted "GDR female athlete of the year" by the readers of the East German newspaper "Junge Welt" add something


She narrowly won the 1984 Olympic title in Sarajevo , Yugoslavia, over the favoured contender, reigning World champion Rosalynn Sumners of the United States add something


Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics add something


Witt successfully defended her World title in 1985 but placed second to American Debi Thomas the following year add something


In 1987, Witt won her third World title add something


Both Witt and Thomas were favoured contenders at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary add something


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 which required female skaters to wear more modest clothing, including skirts add something


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 add something


In 1990, she received an Emmy award for her role in this film add something


Brian Orser - Orser starred in the 1990 German skating dance film "Carmen on Ice", alongside his archrival Brian Boitano and Katarina Witt


Robert McCall (figure skater) - In March 1990, McCall became critically ill with pneumonia in Portland, Maine , Maine while touring in a show with Brian Boitano and Katarina Witt, and was diagnosed with AIDS


In 1994, Witt made a comeback to the competitive skating scene, coached again by Jutta Müller add something


In 1994, Witt published her autobiography "Meine Jahre zwischen Pflicht und Kür" add something


In 1994, skating a Robin Hood-themed program, she again pushed the boundaries of costume regulations by wearing a short tunic over leggings add something


She qualified for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, where she finished 7th add something


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 add something


In 1995, Witt was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame add something


In 1996, Witt had a cameo role in the movie "Jerry Maguire" add something


In 1998, Witt appeared in the movie "Ronin" in a small supporting role with several lines of script add something


In December 1998, Witt posed nude for "Playboy" magazine add something


Around this time, she 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 add something


Since October 2006, she has her own TV show, "Stars auf Eis" , on the German station ProSieben add something


She was invited to Istanbul as an honoured guest for the skating competition TV show called "Buzda Dans" on 25 February 2007 add something


On 7 July 2007, Witt was a compere at the German segment of Live Earth add something


Her farewell from show skating tour took place in February and March 2008 add something


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 add something


Louie Spence - On 3rd December 2011, it was announced he would become a new judge on the hit ITV show "Dancing on Ice", alongside Robin Cousins, Katarina Witt and Karen Barber


In January 2013, Witt appeared on German TV in her first leading role, playing a figure skater who is pursued by a stalker add something