Katie Couric Apologizes to Netherlands for Olympic Comment

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Even the Netherlands Embassy in the US joined in dispelling the statement, eliciting the response from Couric.

"Skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam which sits at sea level".

Others posted pictures of speed skaters, joking that they were shots of traffic in Amsterdam and saying that doing so would be hard in the traditional Dutch footwear, clogs. "All but five of the 110 medals they've won have been on the speedskating oval. 'Why are they so good?' you may be asking yourself", Couric playfully asked.

Dutch people, you see, have feet upon which to walk, bikes on which to ride and cars to drive.

When the Dutch entered the arena, Couric suggested the country were exceptionally strong speed skaters because it was their preferred mode of transport when Amsterdam's famed canals froze over. Couric tweeted that she had been on "thin ice" with her commentary.

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.

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"Just like most Latvians use a bobsleigh to get to work & Austrian kids ski jump to school", the Dutch Olympic committee's Thomas van Scheik said on Twitter.

But her comments sparked a Twitter backlash with people poking fun at her stereotypical views of the modern-day Netherlands, where temperatures now rarely fall below freezing.

Congrats #Netherlands on your count so far! "I'd [love] to visit again & celebrate your success!" she said on Twitter.

The Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States chided Couric for her comments, and she subsequently apologized for them.

NBC reportedly fired one of its Olympic analysts who praised Japan's role in South Korea's economic development, disregarding Tokyo's rule with an iron first from 1940 to 1945, which is still a sensitive subject to many in Seoul.

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