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More than Cricket and FootballInternational Sport and the Challenge of Celebrity$
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Joel Nathan Rosen and Maureen M. Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496809889

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496809889.001.0001

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Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt

The Many Faces of a Showcase Athlete

(p.278) Katarina Witt
More than Cricket and Football

Annette R. Hofmann

University Press of Mississippi

German figure skater and Olympic darling Katarina Witt is the focus of this chapter. Witt was trained at an early age as a figure skater in the then East German sporting program. As a successful athlete, Witt was afforded a lifestyle significantly better than the average East German citizen and was able to travel and enjoy Western culture in ways her fellow East Germans could not. However, her sport stardom also left her under the control of the East German government and a target of the Stasi. After the fall of the Berlin War, Witt was able to successfully travel and compete around the world, gaining greater recognition around the world, and representing a new united Germany.

Keywords:   Cold War, Stasi, German reunification, Figure skating, Olympic games

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