Daily Trivia – 3/9/11

Question: On Valerie, who played the family matriarch after actress Valerie Harper left the show?


Last Question: What East German figure skater beat world champion Rosalynn Sumners to win gold in the 1984 Olympic Games?

Answer: Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics. She narrowly won the 1984 Olympic title over the favored contender, reigning World champion Rosalynn Sumners of the United States. Witt and Sumners held the top two spots heading into the Olympic free skate, which were worth 50% of the total score. Witt landed three triple jumps in her free skate program, and the judges left room for Sumners to win the event, but Sumners scaled back two of her jumps, and Witt won the long program by one tenth of a point on one judge’s scorecard.

After the 1988 Olympics, Witt became a professional skater. In 1995, she was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In December 1998, Witt posed nude for Playboy magazine. The issue in which these photos were published was the second ever sold-out issue of the magazine. (The first sold-out issue was the inaugural one including photos of Marilyn Monroe.)

Currently, Witt is the bid head for Munich’s bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2018.

Here is Katarina’s 1984 Olympic performance:

And here is her 1988 performance:

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