Happy birthday, Katarina Witt!

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Katarina Witt defended her Olympic gold medal in 1988 in Calgary, and no woman figure skater has gone back-to-back since.

Happy birthday, Katarina Witt! The iconic figure skater turns 48 today. The two-time Olympic gold medalist (1984, 1988), four-time world champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) and six-time European champion (1983-1988) is one of the most decorated skaters of all time. Representing the former East Germany, she was named the country’s female athlete of the year on multiple occasions. The Nine for IX documentary, "The Diplomat," examines how she was both a beneficiary and a victim of the socialist regime. Witt initially retired in 1988 and pursued acting and performed in skating tours but returned to competition in 1994 and finished seventh at the Lillehammer Olympics. Since hanging up her skates, Witt has had several small film and television roles and was a judge on the UK’s “Dancing on Ice.” She was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1995. She was also the head of Munich's unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 Olympics.