Katie Couric Apologizes for Out-of-Touch Dutch Olympics Comments

Katie Couric is apologizing for sticking her foot -- er, skate -- in her mouth during the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies.

The veteran news anchor and interviewer mistakenly said 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. She was immediately dragged in meme form for her outdated information.

Couric finally apologized on Monday, Feb. 12 when the Netherlands Embassy reached out to invite Couric to the country to see how they actually get around in 2018. "Congrats #Netherlands on your [medal] 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 [love] to visit again & celebrate your success!" she said on Twitter.

Honestly, if you're going to globally embarrass yourself like this, might as well get an awesome trip out of it. Way to be a good sport, Katie.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Feb 14, 2018
I think skates would be far safer for us visitors that all those blooming bikes.
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Feb 14, 2018
LOL rather lots of bikes than gas guzzling pollution vehicles everywhere! :)
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Feb 14, 2018
Yes, but at least you can usually hear cars. And don't get me started on those silent trams... :D
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Feb 14, 2018
As a child I was run over by a woman on a bike, I was crossing at the lollipop lady (crossing guard in US English) she knocked me over and rode completely over my chest (I was about 8), if that was a car or motorbike I'd not be here telling my exciting tale so I'll always root for bikes ;)
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Feb 14, 2018
(I'm English, so I know what a lolipop lady is). Wow!
I heartilly agree that being hit by a bike is far preferable to being hit by a car. Now, I'm trying to work out whether it would be better if they were wearing ice skates (unlikely, I know, but nevermind).
Hmmm. I think bicycle tyres are probably less dangerous than ice skate blades. I concede your point! :)
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