In “W Wants to Know,” espnW poses five questions to some of our favorite athletes. Today, two-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist Katarina Witt checks in. Her story will be told tonight in “The Diplomat,” part of espnW’s Nine for IX series, at 8 ET on ESPN.
What do you need to consider your day complete? Every day is different. ... I think each day it’s important to enjoy what you do. I live a life where I’m very grateful for what I have. I know I have worked hard for it. ... I enjoy what I do. It’s not that I try to be nice. It’s just natural because I’m so grateful for what I have. I try to share that.
What’s one thing you will never do? Probably those crazy things like jumping from a bridge on a rope or going skydiving. Those kind of things -- I think people are just crazy. ... I’m afraid of things where you don’t have control. You jump off the mountain and you have to trust your equipment and you have to be free enough to let go. I don’t think I feel that freedom to just let go.
What song best describes your life? I think it should be a medley! Probably Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” would suit my life.
What is the one thing you really want to do away from the ice? I always wanted to travel the world. To take the time and really travel the world and see the sights and see the countries. Somehow if I could do it, I should do it. I have never done it. I feel like I always you have to work. I feel guilty if I do something just for myself. It’s so strange. But one day I have to do this. I just think it’s so incredible to see other cultures, to meet other people and to just explore yourself and explore your mind. That’s why I think sport is so good for young kids.
What is your biggest weakness? I think it’s my honesty. Maybe it’s my biggest strength and my biggest weakness. I cannot lie -- you see me turning red. When you’re always honest, it’s not always good. I have to be diplomatic. Maybe you sometimes shouldn’t say something, but I always feel like I have to say it.