The Nine for IX film series from espnW and ESPN Films continues tonight. The series, which focuses on some of the most important woman in sports, turns its view tonight to the world of figure skating in The Diplomat.
The Diplomat centers on East German figure skater Katarina Witt. Witt is one of the most decorated women in the world of figure skating. Over the course of her career, she earned six European skating titles, four world championships and back-to-back Olympic gold medals in figure skating. For all of her accolades, Witt couldn’t escape her critics. Some called her “the most beautiful face of socialism.” Even in her own home of East Germany, Witt was under surveillance by the Stasi, East Germany’s own infamous secret police force. As this film shows, Witt faced great challenges in her home nation both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. For all of her challenges, the changes in East Germany also benefitted her. Audiences will see both sides of that coin tonight when The Diplomat airs at 8pm on ESPN.
Each film will be available online the day after its broadcast via iTunes and Amazon. A special DVD gift set containing each film in the Nine for IX series will be available October 15th, 2013.
The remaining films in ESPN Films and espnW’s Nine for IX series are listed below.
August 13th: Runner
August 20th: The 99ers
August 27th: Branded
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