Irina Rodnina, decorated figure skater and member of the Russia's State Duma (lower house), was one of two people chosen to light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony. She immediately came under fire for a doctored photo she had tweeted in September. Now she's apologized, but not for what you think.
OK! I don't know why we even have to bother, since no one's ever actually been hacked without their stream tweeting out ads for açaí weight loss scams or Syrian Electronic Army propaganda. But let's run down the reasons why it's very unlikely Rodnina was hacked.
1. It was five months ago.
2. Rodnina didn't claim hacking at the time, instead tweeting at critics, "Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, and you should answer for your own hang-ups!"
3. Last night Rodnina's daughter, a producer at HuffPost Live, said that "the tweet was extremely insensitive, and we've addressed it as a family."
Ultimately, another mini-controversy that can now completely blow over. But it's heartening to see that globalization is so complete that even Russians know to claim "hacking" after tweeting something stupid.