- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Katie Couric apologized Monday night after being mercilessly mocked on social media for claiming that the Dutch are so good at speed skating because it’s a “an important mode of transportation” in the Netherlands.

“My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way!” she tweeted Monday night after getting called out by the Netherlands Embassy.

As the Netherlands‘ Olympic delegation entered the stadium during Friday night’s opening ceremony, Ms. Couric, covering the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang for NBC News, said, “It’s probably not a newsflash to tell you that Dutch are really, really good at speed skating.”

“‘Why are they so good?’ you may be asking yourselves,” she continued. “Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam, which sits at sea level. As you all know, it has lots of canals that can freeze in the winter. So for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other and also to have fun.”

The statement prompted a flurry of criticism and ridicule from Dutch commenters, who pointed out that the canals in Amsterdam freeze very rarely, and even when they do, the Dutch typically prefer cars over ice skates for getting around.

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