Olympic torchbearer tweeted ‘shockingly racist picture’ of the Obamas

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Is it true that the woman who lit the Olympic flame in Sochi last night tweeted a “shockingly racist picture” of President Obama last year? The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe says so, and though the tweet was deleted, there are screen shots floating around:

http://twitter.com/#!/daHawkeyeCaller/status/431864539928211456

CBS DC notes that while Irina Rodnina never apologized for tweeting the photo, it did lead to an official response from the U.S. ambassador to Russia, who called it “outrageous.”

http://twitter.com/#!/McFaul/status/378880524695007232

Rodnina, a former figure skater, is one of Russia’s most decorated Olympians.

http://twitter.com/#!/USATODAYsports/status/432012223943557120
http://twitter.com/#!/EdgeofSports/status/431883228673081344
http://twitter.com/#!/LunaLovegood1/status/432261097907687424
http://twitter.com/#!/regteapatriots/status/432231101533126656

 

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