Lebanese Olympic skier Jacky Chamoun has been forced to apologise after topless pictures of her from a photoshoot three years ago emerged, causing controversy in her homeland.
The 22-year-old said that the photos which appeared online were ‘not supposed to go public’.
By Connor Boylan – @connor_boylan
She wrote on her Facebook page: ‘Yes I did photos for an Austrian ski calendar with other professional athletes three 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 of, 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.’
Chamoun – who is currently in Sochi for the Winter Games – was forced to apologise by the Labenese Olympic Committee.
They said: ‘The images are not representative of the nation’s sports.
“But we will not withdraw Chamoun from the Games.”
The Lebanese athlete also competed in Vancouver in 2010, where she finished 54th in the slalom.
Maybe she should stick to stripping off for the camera after all.