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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Witt ruffles feathers, wins second straight gold
By Phillip Lee
Special to

1988 Winter Olympics

All eyes were on Katarina Witt at the 1988 Winter Olympics at Calgary, Alberta. However, they were not simply looking at the way she skated on the ice.

Witt raised plenty of eyebrows with the dress she planned to wear. Peter Dunfield, who coached Canadian silver medalist Elizabeth Manley, complained and said, “We're here to skate in a dress, not in a G-string." The outfit in question was cut high on the hips.

"I think every man prefers looking at a well-built woman [rather] than someone built in the shape of a ball," Witt rebutted. "Why not stress what we have that is attractive?"

However, Witt relented and added some feathers to the bottom of her showgirl outfit.

In the end it didn’t matter what she wore, Witt went on to win her second straight Olympic gold medal.

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