Woman Who Lit Olympic Flame in Sochi Tweeted Racist Photo of Obama

Rucuss staffFebruary 7, 2014

Former Russian figure skater and member of Russian parliament Irina Rodnina lit the Olympic flame in Sochi on Friday, despite the backlash from her actions last fall.

Rodnina came under fire for what many perceived as racism in September, when she posted a photo on Twitter of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama with a digitally manipulated image of a hand holding a banana superimposed over the couple.

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Rodnina allegedly tweeted the photo during a time the U.S. and Russia were sparring back and forth on the possibility of a U.S. military strike on Syria.

Obamas racist photo

Rodnina claimed she had been sent the photograph by friends in America, The Guardian reports. She would eventually delete the photo.

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tweeted at the time that the photo was “outrageous” and brought “shame to her parliament and country.”

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