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Katie Couric Apologized for Her Comment About the Netherlands' Olympic Team

Christina Marfice


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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

Always check your facts, Katie Couric

In case anyone is wondering, ice-skating is not a common mode of transportation in the Netherlands. If only someone had told Katie Couric that before this year's Olympic Games. The anchor is now in hot water after casually saying during her Olympics Opening Ceremony commentary that athletes from the Netherlands might have so much speed skating prowess because of this uncommon (and nonexistent) mode of transportation.

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"[The Netherlands] has lots of canals that can freeze in the winter," Couric said on air during Friday's broadcast. "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."

Um, no. This is definitely not a thing. And Twitter was very quick to point that out to Couric after her gaffe.

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