Thanks to skier Jackie Chamoun, the country of Lebanon is making a name for itself at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Meanwhile, photos of a woman baring her flesh in public has caused an uproar in the country, ABC News reports.

The Lebanese skier, 22, has become the talk of social media because of behind-the-scene photos of her that circulated the Internet on Tuesday night. In the pictures, she is posing topless for a calendar released late in 2013.

The Lebanese Olympic Committee is now investigating the matter.

In addition to the photos, a YouTube video has emerged that shows Chamoun in pink panties and posing topless, while using her skis to cover up her breasts.

Chamoun took to Facebook after she found out that the half-naked pictures of her had gone viral on the Internet. She apologized, and then asked people to stop sharing the images, which she said were never meant to be shared. Her post has been liked more than 15,000 times and has garnered nearly 5,000 comments from supporters, many of whom don’t think she needs to say sorry.

Her full message has been posted 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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