Katie Couric apologizes for Dutch speed skating gaffe

NBC's Katie Couric is in hot water with the Dutch, who really don't skate everywhere

Winter Olympics: Katie Couric Ridiculed for Comments About the Netherlands Dominating Speed Skating

Carlijn Achtereekte, Ireen Wust and Antoinette De Jong, of The Netherlands, scored the gold, silver and bronze medals in the women's 3,000m speed skating event in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In a tweet on Monday night, Katie Couric apologized for comments that she made about the effectiveness of the Netherlands' ice skating team.

"It's probably not a newsflash to tell you the Dutch are really, really good at speed skating". She joined former ESPN announcer Mike Tirico as they anchored the American coverage of the opening ceremony on February 9. "Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam, which sits at sea level".

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Couric said Friday while covering the opening ceremony that the Dutch excel at skating since they skate to work every day, reported Page Six. "So, for as long as the canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other and also to have fun". Viewers - Dutch and otherwise - let Couric have it, responding hilariously to a tweet by Jos Duijvestein, whose Twitter bio describes him as "Dutch!"

You just can't make this up.

And this folks is why Americans are less bright about the rest of the world as they spread fake news!

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CNN deputy media editor An Phung wrote, "everyone on Twitter wants Katie Couric to shut up", while another user wrote, "We haven't had frozen canals in decades!" And in this case with Couric's comments, twitter went all in on the side of the Dutchmen, heavily mocking Couric.

But while the Netherlands certainly has a time-honored history of ice skating, it's not accurate to attribute the country's Olympic speed skating success to that legacy alone. But the canals don't freeze all winter and in plenty of years, they don't freeze at all.

NBC, the US Olympic broadcaster, also parted ways with commentator Joshua Cooper Ramo, who said during the opening ceremony coverage that Koreans saw former occupying power Japan as a "cultural and technological and economic example".

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