Irina Rodnina, the three time Olympic figure skating gold medalist and Russian MP who helped light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games, continues to be the subject of controversy. Rodnina had been accused of tweeting a âshockingly racist pictureâ of the Obamas last year. The tweet had been deleted but screen shots are still out there.
Rodnina today claimed the tweet was the result of her Twitter account being hacked:
For the most part, people arenât buying the âhackedâ claim:
Previously, Rodnina had defended herself against criticism of the tweet she now claims was due to a hacker by saying âfreedom of speech is freedom of speech.â