13. Katarina Witt (3 December 1965) - retired German figure skater and model. In Germany, she was commonly called "Kati" in the past, but today her full name is used more often. Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics. She is a four-time World champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) and twice World silver medalist (1982, 1986). Along with Sonja Henie, Witt is the only ladies' single skater to win six consecutive European Championships (1983–1988). Her competitive record makes her one of the most successful figure skaters of all time. See also: The most beautiful German women
Witt's taste in figure-skating costumes sometimes caused debate. At the 1983 European Championships , she skated her Mozart short program in knee breeches instead of a skirt. Her blue, skirtless feather-trimmed 1988 costume for a showgirl-themed short program was considered too theatrical and sexy, and led to a change in the ISU regulations dubbed the "Katarina rule" which required female skaters to wear more modest clothing; skirts were required to cover the buttocks and crotch.   In 1994, skating a Robin Hood -themed program, she again pushed the boundaries of costume regulations by wearing a short tunic over leggings. [ citation needed ]
As West Germany was reorganised and gained independence from its occupiers, the German Democratic Republic was established in East Germany in 1949. The creation of the two states solidified the 1945 division of Germany.  On 10 March 1952, (in what would become known as the " Stalin Note ") Stalin put forth a proposal to reunify Germany with a policy of neutrality, with no conditions on economic policies and with guarantees for "the rights of man and basic freedoms, including freedom of speech, press, religious persuasion, political conviction, and assembly" and free activity of democratic parties and organizations.  This was turned down; reunification was not a priority for the leadership of West Germany, and the NATO powers declined the proposal, asserting that Germany should be able to join NATO and that such a negotiation with the Soviet Union would be seen as a capitulation. There have been several debates about whether a real chance for reunification had been missed in 1952.