I'm going to be 100% honest when Katie Couric said this during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies I completely took her word as gospel.
"It's probably not a newsflash to tell you the Dutch are really, really good at speed skating.
"Why are they so good you might be asking yourselves? Because skating is an important mode of transportation in Amsterdam, which sits at sea level. As you all know, it has lots of canals which freeze in the winter. So for as long as those canals has existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get to place to place, to race each other and also to have fun."
You just can't make this up.— Jos Duijvestein 🇳🇱 (@JosDuijvestein) February 10, 2018
NBC opening ceremony coverage. Katie Couric talks about why The Netherlands is so good at speed skating as The Netherlands enters the stadium.
And this folks is why Americans are less bright about the rest of the world as they spread fake news! pic.twitter.com/7YC5deTl2w
My reaction was to turn to my wife and say, "Wow! That's so interesting," but it turns out my real reaction should have been to do some Googling which would tell you that, while those in Amersterdam will skate on the frozen canals, it is quite infrequent that they do freeze and far from an "important mode of transportation."
Naturally those from the Netherlands began to sound off on Twitter with some genuinely hilarious feedback.
Rush Hour in the Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/RRpDBV9pDX— DirkJanMoedt (@moedtdj) February 11, 2018
Busy day ahead, have meetings in 11 cities, better sharpen my ice skates! pic.twitter.com/cfYqheMnlq— Confused To The Max (@MaxSchoo) February 12, 2018
Indeed! This is the typical morning commute for the windmill workers in Amsterdam pic.twitter.com/Y15HX3gzGx— Steven Ottens (@stvno) February 11, 2018
Finally Katie Couric issued an apology, but honestly none was needed. These memes were well worth it.
Congrats #Netherlands on your 🥇count so far! My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way! I’d ❤️ to visit again & celebrate your success! 🇳🇱 https://t.co/NvYi7LwB2V— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 12, 2018