Katie Couric apologizes for Olympic comments about Dutch and skating


But NBC commentator Katie Couric didn't say that, instead offering a rather extraordinary explanation for the country's skating success during the Opening Ceremony.

Katie Couric said what? "And when () you do, I'll be glad to host you in Amsterdam and show the historic canals".

She continued, "All but five of the 110 medals they've won have been on the speed skating oval".

The Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States chided Couric for her comments, and she subsequently apologized for them. Couric's comments came during the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. "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 to have fun", the veteran broadcaster added innocently. Which is good because the canals do not freeze that frequently.

Katie Couric's half-baked claims about the Netherlands athletes had the Dutch doubled over, and led to an ice-themed Twitter exchange.

The Netherlands' Koen Verweij competes in the men's 1,500-meter speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

"You just can't make this up", tweeted Jos Duijvestein.

Dear @katiecouric, the Dutch do NOT skate to work. But the canals don't freeze all winter and in plenty of years, they don't freeze at all.

However, the Dutch were pretty quick to take to social media to suggest that Amsterdam was a rather modern city and had cars and stuff and, no, it didn't have residents skating off to their jobs in cheese factories. "Congrats #Netherlands on your [medal] count so far!"

"I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn't come out that way", she wrote.

"My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals". The network apologized over the weekend for analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo's on-air remark that "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technical and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation". Couric offered an apology in response, which the Dutch accepted.