Hi Katie Couric, it’s me the American Netherlander.
And we really appreciated the unique way you introduced the Dutch
Olympic team at the Winter Games for NBC. “The Dutch are really really good at speed skating.
Skating is an important mode of transportation..” “..in a city like Amsterdam, which sits at sea level,
as you all know.” “It has lots of canals that can freeze in the winter.
So for as long as those canals have existed..” “..the Dutch have skated on them
to get from place to place.” And it’s true! Dutch people love skating! Just the other day we were all hanging out in this oil painting from 1608. Sometimes the Dutch just watch the skating. At night. It’s called ‘Nightwatching.’ Dutch nights are called Starry Nights. And sometimes they don’t know whether they’re skating up or down! “All but 5 of the 110 medals they won have
been on the speed skating oval.” That is true. But Katie, the Dutch have won so many medals! Not just at skating! There’s also the balance beam. Now, Amsterdam is a city with lots of canals. And for Dutch women the balance beam is an important mode of transportation. And as long as those high bars have existed the Dutch have twirled on them to get from place to place. And as you all know the Dutch have lots of equestrian events. Every day, Dutch people are riding to work in top hat and tails on horses which are fed with space cakes. “Now, ‘why are they so good,’ you may be
asking yourselves?” Well Katie, it’s because there really are Dutch people who use skating as an important means of transportation. It may not be on the ice, but believe me it’s still plenty chilly. ;)! Thanks for watching! And now if you’ll
excuse me, I have to get to work.