When the tweet first made news, Rodnina bristled at the criticism, saying it was free speech. She also said that the photo was sent to her by friends in the United States, according to the Guardian.
On Monday, she backtracked, apologizing for her reaction and saying she hadn't sent the tweet at all and that her account had been hacked.
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. (1/2)
— Irina Rodnina (@IRodnina) February 10, 2014