Katarina Witt is a figure skater from Germany who has won two Olympic gold medals, four World Championships, and six European Championships in her skating career. She began skating at the age of 5 and was promptly placed in an exceptional training program in East Germany. She studied under a world-renowned figure skating coach and won her first big competition at the age of 16, the East German national championship. She won the next 5 years in a row.
Katarina Witt competed in the 19854 Sarajevo Olympics and beat Rosalynn Sumners by 0.1 point to win the gold medal. In the 1988 Calgary Olympics, she and Debi Thomas both skated to the opera Carmen but Witt ultimately won for her sensuality and grace on the ice.
After her professional career, she toured for 3 years with Brian Boitano, an American figure skater and fellow Olympic gold medalist. Their figure skating show was the first ice show in 10 years to sell out the Madison Square Garden venue. She also filmed a television special called Carmen on Ice and won an Emmy Award for her performance. She also went on tour with Stars on Ice and Champions on Ice. She returned to the Olympics in 1994 in Norway and won 7th place, also receiving a Golden Camera for her efforts. Shortly after, she was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. She has also been a commentator for many different skating events.
In 1998, Katarina Witt posed nude in Playboy magazine and that issue was the second one to ever sell out in the history of the magazine. She has since published a novel about a young figure skater and also has her own television show called Stars on Ice.