Katarina Witt captivated the world with warmth and grace on Olympic ice despite a cold political climate in East Germany and transcended athletics to become a figure of German diplomacy.
Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines. — Yahoo Sports See photos of the Olympic sweetheart through the years. Time has been good to the German beauty. (L) Katarina Witt attends the McDonalds-Germany 40th Birthday Gala at Tempelhof airport on October 14, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. (R) Figure skater Katarina Witt of East Germany poses with her Gold medal during the 1984 World Championships in Ottawa, Canada. Katarina Witt is a Four-time World Figure Skating Champion. (Photos by Getty Images) SUHL, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: Katarina Witt performs on the TV-Show 'Das Adventsfest der 100.000 Lichter' at CCS Suhl on November 30, 2013 in Suhl, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images) Katarina Witt and Vitali Klitschko arrive at the Goldene Sportpyramide Awards April 28, 2006 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Bongarts/Getty Images) KATARINA WITT OF GERMANY IN ACTION IN THE FREE PROGRAM AT THE1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/ALLSPORT Katarina Witt arrives at the 2007 Sports Gala " Ball des Sports " at the Rhein-Main Hall on February 3, 2007 in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images) Katarina Witt is pictured at an event in Frankfurt, Germany. February 7, 2004. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images) ce skater Katarina Witt promoting her layout in Playboy Magazine at the All Star Cafe. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Katarina Witt performs during the Gala on Ice show in 1996. (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images) (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images) Katarina Witt of East Germany waves to the crowd as she completes her routine in the women's free skate exhibition following her gold medal performance in the 1988 Winter Olympic games held in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Katarina Witt of Germany brought a charm and beauty to figure skating in the Olympic arena in the eighties. In winning the gold medals in 1984 and 1988, she became the first woman skater since Sonia Heine to retain an Olympic title. Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Allsport Katarina Witt performs during the Summer Night on Ice show in 1999. (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images) Katarina Witt performs during the Summer Night on Ice show in 2001. (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images) L-R Rosalyn Summers (USA), Katarina Witt (GDR), and Kira Ivanova (URS) receive their medals following the Women's Singles figure skating competition of the 1984 Winter Olympic Games held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia on February 18, 1984. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images) Katarina Witt performs on the ice during the first show of Katarina Witt's farewell tour on February 16, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. The most successful figure skater of all times can be seen on the ice for the last time in February/March 2008 in 8 cities all over Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images) Werner E. Klatten, head of the Deutsche Sporthilfe, dances with Katarina Witt during the 20011 Sports Gala 'Ball des Sports' at the Rhein-Main Hall on February 5, 2011 in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images) Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe shows a member of the Munich 2018 Olympic delegation, former figure skater, Katarina Witt around the Olympic Park on April 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) Katarina Witt pictured at the "Welcome Europe" event on April 30, 2004. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)