Ms Witt, who won gold medals for figure skating in the 19 Winter Olympics, has since built an international career as a producer of ice extravaganzas.
She was also a television commentator during the last winter games.
She has been in three celebrity relationships averaging approximately 1.0 year each.
As a competitive figure skater, there was always one tiny moment just before the music began and I hit my pose, one second of absolute silence.
She was born in a middle-class family to a farmer father, and her mother worked as a nurse in a local hospital.
A German by nationality, she is believed to have mixed Eastern and Western European ethnicity.
The German government body responsible for issuing Stasi material says that the section in question shows her to have been a "beneficiary of the regime" and that it is therefore entitled by law to release the material for publication.
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It turned out that all my life, I had been watched more thoroughly than I could ever have imagined – by a very different, uninvited audience.
The trouble started when a civil rights activist claimed in a German newspaper that I was an informer for the Stasi, the secret police, and that I had taken money from them.