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Irina Rodnina regrets Obama tweet

Updated: February 10, 2014, 3:57 PM ET
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Legendary Russian figure skater Irina Rodnina, who sparked controversy last fall for her racist tweet about President Barack Obama, returned to Twitter on Monday to apologize and to say her account had been hacked.

Rodnina, who on Friday helped light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games on Friday, tweeted, "I respect the Obama family and apologize for not clearly stating earlier that I don't support the tweeted photo or racism in any form."

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