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Lebanese skier Jackie Chamoun apologizes for controversial photo

The Lebanon skier representative for Sochi Winter Olympic is facing a big problem back in her homeland. Jackie Chamoun, 22-year-old, Lebanese athletes and unknown to many, suddenly become a center of controversy.

Winter Olympic skiers topless photos cause controversy in Lebanon
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Ms. Chamoun was seen topless in her photo circulating over the net. The skier admitted that she posed 3-years ago in the mountainside of northern Lebanon for an annual calendar of skiers and the picture used was not topless.

According to Yahoo Sports, "behind-the-scenes video leaked this week and included footage and photos of Chamoun topless. It quickly went viral. The video, at the time of this posting, had nearly 300,000 views in less than a day."

Jackie Chamoun posted her apology on her Facebook page, stated below.

I just want to make it clear to everyone who commented, shared the photos that appeared on the net in Lebanon yesterday. Yes I did photos for an Austrian ski calendar with other professional athletes 3 years ago. The photos of the photoshoot are not like the actual images that are now circulating on the net. The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making off, the preparation, it wasn’t supposed to go public. Anyways, I want to apologize to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture. I fully understand if you want to criticise this.

Now that I’m at the Olympic Games, these photos that I never saw before are being shared. It is sad. All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it, it will really help me focusing on what is really important now: my trainings and race.
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