Russian Who Lit Olympic Cauldron Tweeted Racist Picture Of Obamas Last Year

Irina Rodnina, right, and Vladislav Tretyak approach the the Olympic cauldron as they prepare to light it during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 7, 2014. (credit: Matt Slocum - Pool/Getty Images)

Irina Rodnina, right, and Vladislav Tretyak approach the the Olympic cauldron as they prepare to light it during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 7, 2014. (credit: Matt Slocum – Pool/Getty Images)

CBS DC ^ | 2/7/2014

SOCHI, Russia (CBS DC) — A three-time gold medalist who lit the Sochi Olympic cauldron Friday tweeted a racist picture last year of the Obamas.

Irina Rodnina, who won the gold in women’s figure skating in the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics, posted a doctored picture on Twitter last September of President Barack Obama, who had a mouth-full of food, and Michelle Obama staring at a banana that is being waved at them.

The Guardian reported at the time that Rodnina immediately deleted the tweet but never apologized for posting the picture.

“Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, and you should answer for your own hang-ups,” she said, according to The Guardian, adding she got it from friends in the U.S.

The picture in question…

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Source: CBS DC ^ (via freerepublic.com)

heh I couldn’t figure out where “race” came into it – took a while to figure out it was the banana. This is crazy talk from the media sock-puppets – they’re going from homophobia to racism…definitely cra-cra. Let’s just enjoy the games people. Anyway Russia’s a free country so who cares!

 

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