Russia and discrimination has been something of a hot topic as of late.

And the lighting of the Olympic flame by two of Russia's famous Olympians, Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak, was also not without controversy — but this time over discrimination of a different variety.

As The Guardian reported last year, Rodnina garnered international attention after tweeting a doctored photo of U.S. President Barack Obama that sparked outrage as some interpreted the doctored photo to be racist.

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The tweet, which has since been deleted from her account, showed Obama chewing. A hand holding a banana had been superimposed in the foreground.

ABC reporter Terry Moran posted a photo of the deleted tweet on the day of the Opening Ceremony.

The tweet was sent at at time of tension between the US and Russia over military intervention in Syria.

Rodnina's partner in lighting the flame, Vladislav Tretiak, a member of the United Russia part as well, voted in 2012 for a Russian law that would ban some US citizens from entering the country as well as prohibiting the adoption of Russian children by Americans.

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: A general view of fireworks over the Olympic Park during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: A general view of fireworks over Fisht Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Julia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u perform during the pre-show of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    Performers take the field during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Yulia Volkova (L) and Lena Katina (L-bottom) of t.A.T.u. perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A military choir performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Ministry of Internal Affairs choir sings 'Get Lucky' during the pre-show of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    A military choir performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs performs during the pre-show of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Dancers perform Natasha Rostova's First Ball during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u. perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Ministry of Internal Affairs choir sings 'Get Lucky' during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Singers from 'The Voice' Russia perform during the pre-show of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u. perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Russian band Tokio performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowflakes transform into four Olympic rings with one failing to form during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote REMOTE/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Athlete marshals come together to form the Russian flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Dancers perform Natasha Rostova's First Ball during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Performers sing as the Olympic rings are presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowflakes hover above performers of Voices of Russia during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Geometric figures are readied to be opened into the Olympic rings as performers sing during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Performers sing during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs Voices of Russia during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Performers sing as the Olympic rings are readied to be presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Russia's President Vladimir Putin stands next to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach as he waves during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Russia's President Vladimir Putin C-R) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (C-L) wave during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: A general view of fireworks over Fisht Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Athlete marshals come together to form the Russian flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: People cheer as snowflakes transform into four Olympic rings during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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    Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / POOL /LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Scenes from the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are pictured at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Reindeer stand near gurs as a Russian rural landscape scene floats past during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs Voices of Russia during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Geometric figures are readied to be opened into the Olympic rings as performers sing during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a variable planed lens.) Short track speed skater Jon Eley of the Great Britain Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Short track speed skater Jon Eley of the Great Britain Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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    Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (3rd L) and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd L) attend the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Germany's flag bearer, alpine skier Maria Hoefl-Riesch her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Andorra's flag bearer, alpine skier Mireia Gutierrez leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A picture taken with a robotic camera shows the Bulgarian delegation walking during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIN THUILLIER (Photo credit should read ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Cross country skier and biathlete Jaqueline Mourao of the Brazil Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Maria Hoefl-Riesch of the Germany Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Short track speed skater Jon Eley of the Great Britain Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Athlete marshals light up to form a Russian flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Nordic combined skier Mario Stecher of the Austria Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Belgium's flag bearer, bobsledder Hanna Emilie Marien leads her delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Volunteers cheers as delegations members walk towards the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the begining of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Nordic combined skier Mario Stecher of the Austria Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Zana Novakovic of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Germany Olympic team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    Bulgaria's flag bearer, alpine skier Maria Kirkova, leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)