Lebanese skier Jacky Chamoun speaks during an interview at the ski resort of Faraya, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)
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Lebanese Alpine skier Jackie Chamoun responded Tuesday morning to a slew of criticism that she received from local media after posing topless for an Austrian sports calendar.Chamoun, 22, is one of two athletes representing Lebanon at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Three years ago, she and fellow Lebanese Olympic skier Chirine Njeim, 29, posed for the annual Ski Instructors calendar at the Faraya ski resort outside of Beirut. Chamoun said the photos were taken three years ago, and the images in the final calendar are objectively less explicit than a video now circulating, which documented the Faraya photo shoot.In the short making-of video both Chamoun and Njeim are almost fully exposed.In Sochi, Chamoun will compete in the ladies slalom ski competition Feb. 21 and ladies giant slalom Feb. 18 .In her message Tuesday, Chamoun implored Lebanese to stop spreading the images so that she could focus on the race.
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