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August 6, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In "The Diplomat," premiering Tuesday on ESPN, directors Senain Kheshgi and Jennifer Arnold look at figure skater Katarina Witt in the context of her changing times. (It shows as part of the network's documentary series "Nine for IX," as in Title IX, about women in sports.) Witt's career began in what used to be called East Germany and ended in the reunified state; it's a story from back when the developed world was divided into capitalist and communist, and the twain met only with difficulty - and perhaps most often through athletics.
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August 6, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In "The Diplomat," premiering Tuesday on ESPN, directors Senain Kheshgi and Jennifer Arnold look at figure skater Katarina Witt in the context of her changing times. (It shows as part of the network's documentary series "Nine for IX," as in Title IX, about women in sports.) Witt's career began in what used to be called East Germany and ended in the reunified state; it's a story from back when the developed world was divided into capitalist and communist, and the twain met only with difficulty - and perhaps most often through athletics.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
On the day that the Berlin Wall first crumbled, Katarina Witt was in Spain making a movie that had already required that she break down a few walls on her own. "I remember I was standing on the set doing a night scene, and the producer came and said, 'The wall is down.' I said, 'You're kidding. It's not true.' He said, 'Yeah. It's true. Everybody is celebrating.'
IMAGE
March 22, 2009 | Andrew Harmon
Figure skating fans may thrill to the jumps and spins, but it's the pageantry that keeps us watching. Sometimes a skater wears the costume; sometimes it's the other way around. Here's a snapshot of memorable (and a few forgettable) style moments in skating history. -- Andrew Harmon Dick Button Sequins? Out of the question. In the post-World War II era, Dick Button clinched two Olympic gold medals and landed the first triple jump in competition while dressed to the nines.
SPORTS
March 10, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY
What's in a name? At the World Figure Skating Championships here, it was almost an international incident. When the official programs became available last Wednesday, they included a full-page picture of 1984 Olympic champion Katarina Witt, identifying her as being from East Germany. The programs were recalled without explanation. When the programs went back on sale this week, no explanation was necessary. Volunteers had spent days placing stickers over the name line on Witt's picture.
SPORTS
February 2, 1986 | Associated Press
"France, France, Hungary," Katarina Witt says, pointing to her sleek pants, sweater and jacket. There's no telling where she got her new-wave sunglasses. It's hard to imagine that a globe-trotter like Witt could ever go unnoticed on a typically drab East German street. Then again, Witt is not a typical East German. Thanks to an Olympic gold medal and two world titles, the 20-year-old figure skater has been showered with privileges virtually unheard of in East Germany.
SPORTS
February 11, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
If East German sports officials wanted to dispel the outdated stereotype of their female athletes as broad-shouldered, sullen automatons, they could not have conceived of someone to better serve as an example than Katarina Witt. Assuming that the first priority is that she has to be as accomplished in her sport, figure skating, as her sister swimmers, sprinters, speed skaters and rowers are in theirs, Witt, 22, easily meets that standard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal magistrate ruled Monday that a man accused of sending threatening and obscene letters to Olympic champion ice skater Katarina Witt is mentally competent to stand trial and can act as his own attorney. U.S. Magistrate Ronald Rose set a preliminary hearing for Harry Veltman III, 47, for Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court here. Veltman, of Westminster, faces three counts, one of sending obscene letters through the mail and two of sending threatening letters through the mail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Westminster man convicted of sending Olympic champion Katarina Witt obscene and threatening mail was sentenced Monday to more than three years in prison by a federal judge who cited the defendant's "continuing denial of responsibility" for his acts. Harry Veltman III, a 47-year-old former crop duster, will serve the sentence in a psychiatric hospital.
NEWS
March 12, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Professional figure skater Katarina Witt testified Wednesday in federal court that a Westminster man accused of sending her obscene and threatening letters made her fear for her life. "I believed he was going to kill me," the Olympic gold medalist said at the conclusion of a two-day trial, during which she was cross-examined by the man charged with seven criminal counts of sending her the letters.
SPORTS
February 19, 1998 | MIKE PENNER
Pasha Grishuk, two-time ice dance gold medalist and aspiring Oscar winner, may have scuttled her acting career before it started. After being turned down for a role as a figure skater in John Frankenheimer's new spy movie, "Ronin," because the film schedule conflicted with the Olympics, Grishuk made disparaging remarks about her replacement, Katarina Witt--dryly assessing the choice of Witt as boring.
SPORTS
January 23, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Katarina Witt made the German team for next month's Lillehammer Olympics and France's Surya Bonaly beat Oksana Baiul of Ukraine to retain her title at the European Figure Skating Championships in Copenhagen on Saturday. Bonaly used her technical ability to win her fourth consecutive women's title over Baiul, who lacked a combination jump. Bonaly highlighted her program with a triple salchow-triple toe loop.
SPORTS
January 22, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won the ice dance title, but Katarina Witt, another former Olympic champion on the comeback trail, fell out of contention in her event Friday at the European Figure Skating Championships at Copenhagen. Torvill and Dean won one of the closest finishes ever, edging two Russian couples, Oksana Gritschuk and Evgeni Platov, and Maya Usova and Aleksandr Zhulin, the defending world and European champions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal appellate route has run out for a Westminster man convicted of sending threatening letters to Olympic ice-skating champion Katarina Witt, his attorney said Wednesday. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected a request to reduce the sentence of Harry Veltman III, 49, a former crop-duster who was sentenced in June, 1992, to 37 months in federal prison, said federal Public Defender H. Dean Steward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attorney for a Westminster man convicted of sending threatening letters to Olympic ice-skating champion Katarina Witt asked a federal appeals court Thursday to free his client, now in custody at a psychiatric hospital. Harry Veltman III, 48, a former crop duster, was sentenced last June to 37 months in federal prison. Veltman, who was found to be a paranoid schizophrenic, was placed in a psychiatric hospital in Minnesota so he could receive treatment for his mental disorders.
SPORTS
February 13, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Double Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt was reinstated as an amateur Friday and given the go-ahead to compete in next year's Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Witt, 27, retired from competition to skate in professional shows and make movies after winning her second Olympic gold at the 1988 Calgary Games.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Westminster man who stalked former Olympic ice-skating champion Katarina Witt across two continents in a misguided attempt to win her affection was convicted Thursday by a federal jury of sending her obscene and threatening mail. Harry Veltman III, who represented himself during the two-day trial that heard testimony from the world-famous skater, stared down at the counsel table as guilty verdicts on six of the seven criminal counts were read.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unemployed man with a history of psychological problems was arrested at his home here Thursday after allegedly stalking Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt at her home in Germany and writing her threatening and obscene letters. FBI officials said they were worried that the suspect, Harry Veltman III, 47, might try to harm Witt at a skating performance scheduled for tonight at the Forum in Inglewood.
SPORTS
January 5, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Katarina Witt, 27, who won gold medals at the 1984 and '88 Winter Olympics, said she hopes to make a comeback in the 1994 Games at Lillehammer, Norway. Since retiring from amateur competition in 1988, Witt has skated in professional shows and worked as a television commentator for CBS at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France. "It's not like I didn't do anything for 10 years and chose a new profession," she said in Frankfurt, Germany. "I've been on the ice a lot. I'm not an outsider."
NEWS
June 2, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Westminster man convicted of sending Olympic champion Katarina Witt obscene and threatening mail was sentenced Monday to more than three years in prison by a federal judge who cited the man's "continuing denial of responsibility" for his acts. Harry Veltman III, 47, a former crop duster, will serve the sentence in a psychiatric hospital. He was convicted March 12 on six counts of sending graphic letters and photos of himself to the German skater in hopes of getting her to marry him.
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