Dutch Get a Chuckle From Assertion Skating is a Form of Transportation

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Couric, however, wanted to make nice with the Dutch afterward, sending out a tweet of her own congratulating the Netherlands on their medals and apologizing for her canal quote.

The people of the Netherlands, whose relatively mild climate leads to cycling as their most characteristic form of transportation, soon began mocking the explanation for their sporting prowess. Katie Couric talks about why The Netherlands is so good at speed skating as The Netherlands enters the stadium.

Now, most people just watch the color and pageantry rather than focusing on the announcers, but Couric's reasoning for why the Netherlands is so dominant in speedskating stopped everyone. "As you all know, it has lots of canals that can freeze in the winters", Couric told her NBC viewers during the telecast.

"Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam", she told audiences tuned into USA broadcaster NBC television. "Skating on clogs is too hard, even for us", wrote one Twitter user.

Couric - by now well aware of the furore - was contrite, writing on Twitter: "Congrats Netherlands on your (medal) count so far!"

Twitter user Thomas Hogeling tweeted a photograph of a man skating past houseboats on the canal saying "me skating to work at the cheese factory". "And this folks is why Americans are less bright about the rest of the world as they spread fake news!"

The Netherlands Embassy in the USA reached out to Couric on Twitter and invited her to see "all the innovative ways the Dutch get around". "I'd [love] to visit again and celebrate your success!"

NBC, the US Olympic broadcaster, also parted ways with commentator Joshua Cooper Ramo, who said during the opening ceremony coverage that Koreans saw former occupying power Japan as a "cultural and technological and economic example". Of course, we can also visit our famous skating rinks.

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