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

Feb 14, 2018 at 12:24 p.m. ET
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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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At first, it seemed like Couric would just be content to let this controversy blow over. But then, the Netherlands Embassy of the United States got involved, tweeting to invite her to the country to see for herself how public transportation works there (hint: There are no ice skates involved).

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Being called out by the embassy finally prompted Couric to apologize.

"Congrats #Netherlands on your [medal] count so far!" she wrote. "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! I’d [love] to visit again & celebrate your success!"

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Welp, that's embarrassing. But hopefully, Couric learned an important lesson in fact-checking.

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