POSTED: July 9th 2009

Olympian skater Katarina Witt to lead Munich 2018 bid

Katerina Witt is strong in both Olympic and Paralympic sectors / Image: Munich 2018
Katerina Witt is strong in both Olympic and Paralympic sectors / Image: Munich 2018

LAURA WALDEN  / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Champion figure skater Katarina Witt has been selected to chair the Board of Trustees and lead the German 2018 bid. Munich has a joint bid with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Berchtesgadener Land to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Witt is a double Olympic Champion in ice skating, and won World Champion four times and European Champion six times. In 2005 she founded the Katarina Witt Foundation for the Promotion of Sport to help children with disabilities to become involved with sport.

Witt said, “Olympics have been a key feature in my life. I have taken part in three Olympic Winter Games, and personally experienced the power of sports of bringing people together. This is why I support, with all my heart, the commitment to bringing the first Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to our reunited Germany.”

Strong Board of Trustees

The new board of trustees includes 23 outstanding members from the areas of sports, politics, commerce and culture.

Thomas Bach, IOC Vice-President and Chairman of the Shareholders’ General Meeting for the bid said, “The membership of the Board underscores the fact that the bid enjoys support from every social sector of Germany.

“We are very grateful to these representatives from sports, politics, commerce and culture for this clear signal, which will also be noticed internationally. Katarina Witt stands out most particularly, for both her Olympic and her professional career, which explains why her splendid reputation extends to the international level. This adds a very particular quality to the bid, especially from the sporting viewpoint.”

Notables on the board from the German government were Vice Chancellor and Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Minister of the Interior Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, together with retired Federal President Dr. Richard von Weizäcker and retired Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. World-famous violinist Prof. Anne-Sophie Mutter is also a member together with the Chair of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Honorary Doctor Charlotte Knobloch.

Sport is represented by Rosi Mittermaier-Neureuther, Marianne Buggenhagen, Franz Beckenbauer and Dr. Theo Zwanziger, President of the German Football Association. Employers are represented by Jürgen Thumann, the President of the European Industrial And Employers’ Association Businesseurope, as well as the German Trade Union Federation by its Chairman, Michael Sommer.

Munich is expecting to be in the running for the winter Games with Annecy, France and PyeongChang, Korea with the decisive vote to be held at the IOC Session in 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  

Picture above right (L to R): Katharina Witt, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees meets Richard Adam (left) and Bernhard Schwank, the CEOs of Munich 2018 / Image: Munich 2018

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