“Nowadays people act like sport is completely apolitical—but during the Cold War, East versus West, politics played a big role in sports,” says Egon Krenz, the onetime security-police chief who stepped in to run the Deutsche Demokratische Republik for 46 days after Erich Honecker was ousted by his own Politburo in October 1989.“Our athletes popularized the GDR in countries that didn’t recognize the GDR.” Taking a page from the Soviets, the state poured resources into the pomp and pageantry of athletics, seeking out young talent at a tender age and funneling the most promising children into spartan training programs.Its athletes dominated world championships during the 1980s and were easy to spot—extremely disciplined, incredibly strong.Coach Jutta Müller—whose own daughter, Gaby Seyfert, won two world championships in figure skating—took Witt under her wing, funneling her into a Kinder und Jugendsportschule, the Teutonic equivalent of a Soviet athlete factory, and submitting her to an intense training schedule.It’s February 27, 1988, at the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada.After all, the red East and the capitalist West had been duking it out for decades at the Olympics, where crushing the competition served as a symbolic triumph for an entire political system.And yet, in 1988 at Calgary, as Witt embarked upon her final performance as a state-sponsored athlete, the Berlin Wall’s collapse—less than two years away—was as utterly unthinkable as the impending fall of the U.Katarina Witt is a former German figure skater who was known to be one of the best of her time.Also known by her nickname “Katarina the Great,” she had conquered almost all the major trophies for a figure skater in Europe and has got prolific records regarding the numbers.
Since 1977, she was coached by Jutta Müller; who herself was a terrific skater and a successful coach.
With a height of 166 cm, which is 5 feet and 6 inches; she has got a very strong physique.
She has been training since she was a kid and is physically and mentally fit and sharp.
But was he referring to the supposed wedding, some fans wondered.
Katarina Witt “secretly married” rumors have caused quite a stir among fans. That remains a mystery for now, as the athlete’s rep hasn’t commented, nor the couple released an official statement yet.
Related Katarina Witt Sparks Engagement Rumor The couple is said to have exchanged vows in an intimate morning ceremony at a secret location, before few close friends and family members.