Ice queen extraordinaire, double Olympic champion, sublime beauty and proudly unrepentant Stalinist, Chemnitz's most magnficent daughter, Katarina Witt is 42 today.
In Calgary 1988 she gave some of the most memorable performances in Olympic history (busting out of her costume at one point). In 1989 as the Berlin Wall was being smashed into the dustbin of history, she continued to defend the indefensible Honecker regime - years later she discovered that some of her most intimate moments had been recorded by Stasi jobsworths.
Her politics suck but she remains one of the most fabulous creatures ever to have graced an ice rink.
As one diva to another, I wish her Many Happy Returns.