Lebanon's Jacky Chamoun speeds down the course during the first run of the Women's slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Krupa)
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The video of Jacky Chamoun that surfaced on the Internet as she prepared for the Sochi Olympics caused quite a stir in Lebanon, and exposed some deeper issues.The old footage of Chamoun posing topless in the snow for a photographer prompted a Lebanese government official to order an investigation. The inference was that Chamoun had somehow harmed the country's reputation.It was only after that decree that many people in Lebanon realized they had athletes competing at the Winter Games.Within an hour, Chamoun's Facebook page had 12,000 fans.Chamoun acknowledged on her Facebook page that she posed for an Austrian ski calendar, and never imagined that behind-the-scenes footage would ever be published.Chamoun said she initially was embarrassed the footage was on the Internet, but now she has come to terms with it.Chamoun, who comes from a prominent Christian political family, competed at the Vancouver Olympics four years ago.Back home, the government officials demanding the investigation into Chamoun's photos appeared to have backtracked, saying they've acted to protect Chamoun's wellbeing.
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