Excitement spiraled across the globe just a couple of weeks ago as the 2014 Olympics whirled around in Sochi, Russia. With opening ceremonies starting up on February 6, millions tuned in worldwide to watch the highly anticipated “Parade of Nations”, art program, and torch relay. What a wonderful cultural immersion to recognize the talents of nations near and far- sounds like a lot of fun and games, right? But there has always got to be a little trouble.
Meet Irina Rodina. For starters, she was born in Moscow, Russia on September 12, 1949. In addition to being known as a legendary Soviet figure skater and three-time gold medal winner, she was a torch lighter at this year’s opening ceremony, serves as a member of President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party and is the mother of one teenaged daughter. Seems fine, right?
Well maybe we should be a little weary that on December 17 2012, Rodina supported legislation in Russian Parliament calling for a ban on the adoption of Russian children by American citizens. Could one argue that she is anti-American? Maybe, but maybe she has some rationale. If you do not find this to be a little shady, maybe her Twitter account will prove you otherwise.
From left to right: Rodnina’s racist twitter post, Rodnina herself pictured at the Russian Federation in 2010.