Couric tweets apology to Dutch for Olympic comment
Despite temperatures well above the freezing point, an ice skater takes to a frozen lake near The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:43PM EST
NEW YORK - Katie Couric has apologized for saying that the Dutch are so successful in speed skating because skates have been used as a form of transportation when canals freeze in the Netherlands.
Her remark during the Olympics' opening ceremony invited some Dutch mockery on social media from people who said the information was outdated. The Netherlands embassy to the United States invited Couric to visit the country to see all of the innovative ways the Dutch get around.
Couric late Monday tweeted her apologies for being on thin ice with her comments.
The veteran anchor said she was trying to salute the country's historic passion for the sport, but it didn't come out that way.
Congrats #Netherlands on your count so far! 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 ❤️ to visit again & celebrate your success! https://t.co/NvYi7LwB2V— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 12, 2018