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Katarina Witt

Double Olympic champion Katarina Witt is one of the most successful and renowned figure skaters of all time.

An Olympic Games gold medallist in Singles in 1984 in Sarajevo and 1988 in Calgary, Witt became the first woman figure skater to successfully defend an Olympic title since Norway's Sonja Henie managed the feat by winning three titles in a row from 1928.

Witt dominated her sport during the 1980s, winning four World Championships golds and six consecutive European titles from 1983.

Her first international competition was the 1979 European Championships, where she finished 14th, and it was three years later that she earned her first major podium finish, winning silver at both the 1982 European and World Championships.

The East German turned professional in 1988 after winning both the Olympic and World titles, but when professionals were once again eligible for Olympic competition, she competed at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games, finishing seventh.

After Witt retired from competitive skating and the East German socialist regime crumbled, she was able to pursue many professional interests, including skating shows and television shows and even posed nude for Playboy - just the magazine's second ever sold-out issue.

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In Their Own Words: Witt still wowed by 'Battle of the Carmens' victory

The significance of retaining Olympic gold in one of the most famous figure skating finals in history still resonates with Katerina Witt.

Figure skating is a mixture of art and sport.

Katarina Witt, Figure Skating, GER

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