U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul condemned her tweet, but the controversy quickly died down in Russia, where casual racism is widespread.
On Friday, however, the incident caught the attention of the wider public after Rodnina lit the Olympic torch to open the Winter Games in Sochi.
Rodnina finally apologized on Monday…
…and employed the “I was hacked” defense previously used by former congressman and sexting scandal star Anthony Weiner.
Two days earlier, however, Rodnina’s daughter, HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski, responded to “Twitter hate” by implying the tweet was real.
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