The Dutch are laying into Katie Couric for what she said about them during the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang.
"It's probably not a newsflash to tell you the Dutch are really, really good at speed skating.
"Why are they so good you might be asking yourselves? Because skating is an important mode of transportation in Amsterdam, which sits at sea level. As you all know, it has lots of canals which freeze in the winter. So for as long as those canals has existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get to place to place, to race each other and also to have fun."
You just can't make this up.— Jos Duijvestein 🇳🇱 (@JosDuijvestein) February 10, 2018
NBC opening ceremony coverage. Katie Couric talks about why The Netherlands is so good at speed skating as The Netherlands enters the stadium.
And this folks is why Americans are less bright about the rest of the world as they spread fake news! pic.twitter.com/7YC5deTl2w
People aren't really sure where she came up with that. It is true that the Dutch will skate on the canals, but it's not their primary mode of transportation. It's more used as a form of enjoyment and for sporting events.
The Dutch caught wind of the comment and began mocking her.
Rush Hour in the Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/RRpDBV9pDX— DirkJanMoedt (@moedtdj) February 11, 2018
Busy day ahead, have meetings in 11 cities, better sharpen my ice skates! pic.twitter.com/cfYqheMnlq— Confused To The Max (@MaxSchoo) February 12, 2018
Indeed! This is the typical morning commute for the windmill workers in Amsterdam pic.twitter.com/Y15HX3gzGx— Steven Ottens (@stvno) February 11, 2018
The Dutch embassy even Tweeted at Couric and sent her an article about the advancement in transportation that is happening in the Netherlands.
Couric eventually apologized on Monday.
"My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments," she Tweeted. "I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn't come out that way."
Congrats #Netherlands on your 🥇count so far! My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way! I’d ❤️ to visit again & celebrate your success! 🇳🇱 https://t.co/NvYi7LwB2V— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 12, 2018
Earlier in the week, NBC apologized and fired Joshua Cooper Ramo who made an offensive comment about South Korean and Japanese relations.
Material from USA Today was used in this report.
© 2018 WXIA-TV