POSTED: October 20th 2010

Katarina Witt upbeat and getting ready to inspire ANOC for Munich 2018

Down Mexico way: Munich's Katarina Witt . . . and SportsFeatures' Laura Walden / lake images
Down Mexico way: Munich's Katarina Witt . . . and SportsFeatures' Laura Walden / lake images

LAURA WALDEN in Acapulco / Sports Features Communications

ACAPULCO, Oct 20: Katarina Witt is wearing her executive hat for Munich 2018 at the Acapulco ANOC General Assembly which is gearing up for Olympic bid presentations. All three winter Games bids are addressing delegates and looking to promote their messages.

Munich 2018 has launched a new bid slogan, ‘Festival of Friendship’ which blends Germany’s heritage of celebrating athletic and cultural excellence with the warmth of traditional Bavarian hospitality.

Skating gold medallist Witt, speaking exclusively to, said: “I am really excited to present our concept and our ideas to this top level sports group. We have a new promise that involves everything that we have to offer. It is about meeting friends and becoming friends.”


“This will be one of the most vibrant and celebratory atmospheres in the history of winter sports. Germany celebrated the 2006 World Cup with millions of fans from all over the world and Munich hopes, once again, to spread our unrivalled passion for sport, on home soil, at the Winter Games in 2018."

Recently ceo Willy Bogner stepped down due to health reasons and Witt explained how the bid team had passed the baton.

Witt said: “The transition has been very smooth as both Bernhard and I have been involved since the very beginning and we have been able to carry on.”


Another issue nagging at the German bid has been some disagreements with landowners over some of the areas in the important Garmisch-Partenkirchen zone.


“Over the summer there were lots of talks on the political level with the land owners and they have come to a good conclusion to talk out the problems. We have scaled down the plan yet we can still deliver the best of what we need.”


Witt is optimistic that they will find a good compromise solution that works for both sides to allow for the building in this key area.  

Munich is in the running for the 2018 winter Games against PyeongChang and Annecy with a little over eight months to go to the final vote in Durban, South Africa, on July 6.

Keywords · ANOC · Katarina Witt · Munich 2018 · Olympic Bidding

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