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Where is Katarina Witt today?
Katarina Witt, who became known all over the world as one of the best figure skaters of all time, is still active in the entertainment industry, but less than before. She is currently running her own charitable organization called ‘Katarina Witt Stiftung’, established in 2005, which takes care of children with physical disabilities.
Who is Katarina Witt?
Katarina Witt was born on the 3rd December 1965, in then-East Berlin, East Germany and is certainly best recognized as a former professional figure skater, who won six European Figure Skating Championships, four World Figure Skating Championships and two Olympic gold medals. She is also known as an actress.
Early Life and Education
When it comes to speak about her early life, Katarina spent her childhood in Staaken, East Berlin, now a part of the unified city and the capital of Germany, where she was raised alongside her brother named Alex, by her father, Manfred Witt, who was a farmer, and her mother, Käthe Witt, who worked as a physiotherapist. She became interested in ice skating at the age of five, so she later attended the Karl-Marx-Stadt School, where she joined the Karl-Marx-Stadt Sports Club. She also went to Kinder- und Jugendsportschule, a special school for athletically talented children. As a nine-year-old girl, Katarina was spotted by renowned skating coach Jutta Müller, who started coaching her in 1977, developing her skills and improving her performance.
Rise to Fame
Although starting to skate at a young age of five, but first entered a major international skating competition at the age of 14, the 1979 European Championships, when she finished 14th, while her first significant medal came two years later, when she won the East German National Championship. In the next season, she won a silver medal not only at the European Figure Skating Championship, but also at the World Championship, after which she won her first NHK Trophy as well as the European title in 1983 for the first of a record-tying six consecutive times.
Olympic Games and Other Titles
In 1984, Katarina participated at the Winter Olympic Games held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and won the gold medal at the age of 18, which made her one of the youngest figure skating Olympic champions. Four years later, she won her second Olympic gold in the ladies’ singles event at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and in the meantime, she also won five more European Figure Skating Championships and four World Figure Skating Championships from 1984 to 1988, losing only in 1986 to Debi Thomas, all of which potentially added a considerable amount to her net worth, as the sport was then still officially amateur, unpaid.
Today 30 years ago,please share my olympic memories of Sarajevo 🙂 pic.twitter.com/H7fTBcHZyA
— Katarina Witt (@Katarina_Witt) February 18, 2014
After winning her fourth World Championship title in 1988, Katarina decided to retire from competitive amateur skating, and focused on pursuing a professional career in the US along with UD Champion Brian Boitano. They created the show entitled “Will And Boitano Skating” and performed throughout the US. However, she returned to competitive skating in 1994, when she finished second at the German Championships, eighth at the European Championship, and seventh at the Winter Olympic Games, held in Lillehammer, Norway, after which she permanently retired from competitive skating. During her career she won numerous prestigious competitions, and became one of the best figure skaters of all time, for which she was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1995. Furthermore, she also won the Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Award in 1995, in recognition of her accomplishments.
— Katarina Witt (@Katarina_Witt) May 23, 2016
Apart form her successful career in the sports industry, Katarina is also known as a person who is involved in the entertainment industry. In 1990, Horant H. Hohlfeld made a TV film about her entitled “Carmen On Ice”, which aired on the HBO channel and led her to win a Primetime Emmy Award. In 1994, she had a cameo role in the TV film “Greatest Hits On Ice”, which was followed by another cameo role in the TV film “Die Eisprinzessin (Ice Princess)” (1996). Afterwards, she guest-starred in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire”, co-produced by James L. Brooks, as well as in an episode of the TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond” in 1997. By the end of the decade, she had also starred as Natacha Kirilova in the film entitled “Ronin”. Moreover, she provided her voice to Marilyn in the film “Friends Forever” in 2009, and won the leading role in the TV film “Der Feind in meinem Leben (The Enemy in my Life)” in 2013. It was also made into a documentary film in which she was the main subject, entitled “The Diplomat” (2013). All of these appearances increased further her net worth.
To speak further about her involvement in the entertainment industry, she also started her career as a TV host by creating and hosting her own TV show “Stars On Ice” between 2006 and 2008. From 2009 to 2011, she appeared as a guest-judge in the TV show entitled “Battle Of The Blades”, while in 2012, Katarina started appearing as a judge in another TV show entitled “Dancing On Ice”.
Das Zauberhafte Eisfestival // The Enchanting Ice Festival
Posted by Katarina Witt on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
In 1994 out came her autobiographical book entitled “Meine Jahre zwischen Pflicht und Kür (My Years Between Compulsories And Freestyle)”, while she subsequently published the novel “Only With Passion” in 2005. Other than that, Katarina established the WITH WITT Sports & Entertainment GmbH production company, alongside her business partner Elisabeth Gottmann. Three years later, she caught the attention of the public all over the world, by posing nude for Playboy magazine, no doubt for a considerable reward!
Katarina Witt Net Worth
Her career started in 1977, and since then she has been an active member not only in the sports industry, but also in the entertainment industry. So, if you ever wondered how rich Katarina Witt is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $8 million, accumulated through her successful sporting and acting careers.
Regarding her personal life, Katarina Witt has been in many relationships. Her first boyfriend was famous German musician Ingo Politz from 1984 to 1988, and after they broke up, she dated American actor Richard Dean Anderson until 1992, and was then in a relationship with German businessman Markus Herrmann between 1996 and 2002. Although she has been romantically involved with several other celebrities, she still has no husband.
Liebe Facebookfreunde,gestern Abend wurden in Leipzig wieder die begehrten Goldenen Hennen von der Zeitschrift SuperIllu…
Posted by Katarina Witt on Saturday, October 14, 2017
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Speaking about her appearance, thanks to her good looks, Katarina was named as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world by People magazine in 1990, and was also known as “the most beautiful face of socialism”. Although she is currently in her early 50s, she is still attractive, with a height of 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and a weight which is reputed to be around 150lbs (68kgs), while her vital statistics are 36-24-36.
Social Media Presence
In addition to her involvement not only in sports but also in the entertainment industry, she is an active member across many of the most popular social media sites, on which she promotes her projects for her charity and frequently posts various photos from her private life. She runs her official Instagram and Twitter accounts as well as her official Facebook page. Moreover, Katarina has also launched her own website.