And according to NBC broadcaster Katie Couric, the Dutch are really good at speed skating because it’s an “important mode” of getting around in Amsterdam. She was introducing the Dutch team at this year's Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony when she said:
As you all know, it has lots of canals that can freeze in the winters.
So, for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other, and also to have fun.
Although she was mocked for her extraordinary comments at the time, it appears Couric has the last laugh.
The canals only freeze time and time again. This is the first time in about six years that parts froze hard enough to support the weight of skaters, locals and sightseers, according to reports.
Some, however, weren’t so lucky. A pair fell through the ice on Thursday and had to be rescued by a passerby, according to local media.
The big chill came as much of Europe dealt with a cold front dubbed The Beast from the East, sending temperatures plummeting for most of the week.