Figure skater and model Katarina Witt, apologizes to Chemmy Mary Alcott, who is number one female alpine skier racer, the now Dancing on Ice competitor after she marked her as a ‘big woman’ and discouraging her from doing lifts on the TV show.
Supposedly Alcott appeared to be hurt, bursting into tears while backstage, after Witt had given her opinion on Alcott’s Sister Act routine with partner Sean Rice on Sunday.
Witt told her,
“Chemmy, I am begging you to not do those lifts. I really don’t want to see you up there – you are a pretty big woman.”
The remark sparked a flood of complaints on Twitter.com, and German Witt now claims she was misunderstood as she was referring to the Olympian’s height. Witt explains,
”I feel sorry about a comment I made about Chemmy and I think I upset her a bit. I said she’s a big girl and she misunderstood.
”I meant it in a complimentary way, that she is a tall girl. As a skater I was a big girl, I was tall, I was big.
”I must say I am sorry. I think it was really a language thing so sorry, sorry Great Britain.”
”She apologised to her – it just got lost in translation.”