Sport Dutch Get a Chuckle From Assertion Skating is a Form of Transportation

16:17  13 february  2018
16:17  13 february  2018 Source:   si.com

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Dutch laugh at assertion that skating is a form of transportation . Couric centered on Amsterdam and said that in winter "for as long as those canals have existed the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place."

Dutch laugh at assertion that skating is a form of transportation

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NBC's Katie Couric had some Dutch in stitches when she said during the opening ceremony that the Netherlands was so good at speedskating because it "is an important mode of transportation."

The comments from Friday's ceremony have even gotten some at the Dutch Olympic Committee into a merry mode.

"Sure... Just like most Latvians use a bobsleigh to get to work & Austrian kids ski jump to school," the committee's chief commercial officer, Thomas van Schaik, wrote on Twitter.

The Netherlands Embassy in the U.S. reached out to Couric on Twitter and invited her to see "all the innovative ways the Dutch get around." Couric offered an apology in response, which the Dutch accepted.

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

During Olympic coverage, broadcaster Katie Couric said that the Dutch use skating as a form of transportation . "As you all know, it has lots of canals that can freeze in the winter," Couric said, "so for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place

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