Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
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Katie Couric's Olympic flub gets a cheeky response from Netherlands' embassy

Katie Couric's Olympic flub gets a cheeky response from Netherlands' embassy

She joined former ESPN announcer Mike Tirico as they anchored the American coverage of the opening ceremony on February 9.

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. "And when () you do, I'll be glad to host you in Amsterdam and show the historic canals".

"Skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam which sits at sea level. So for as long as the canals have existed the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place to race each other and to have fun", the veteran broadcaster added innocently.

People aren't really sure where she came up with that. James has been among the most technically ideal riders this season and finished a close second to Hirano and White at those earlier events.

"The Dutch do NOT skate to work", a different viewer wrote.

- Confused To The Max (@MaxSchoo) February 12, 2018Indeed! The Netherlands embassy to the United States invited Couric to visit the country to see all of the innovative ways the Dutch get around.

Couric eventually apologized on Monday.

She added: "I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn't come out that way!"

Katie Couric's half-baked claims about the Netherlands athletes had the Dutch doubled over, and led to an ice-themed Twitter exchange.

Congrats #Netherlands on your count so far!

BC-OLY-Couric-Thin Ice, 114 Couric tweets apology to Dutch for Olympic commentAP Photo NYET130Eds: APNewsNow.

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.

Material from USA Today was used in this report.

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