Lebanon is not pleased with Olympic Alpine skier Jackie Chamoun, after topless photos of the athlete surfaced online shortly before the Games. But, not surprisingly, the Internet is more supportive of the whole thing.
The rather innocent origin story of that photos is that Chamoun, 22, posed for an Austrian calendar featuring scantily-clad Olympic ski instructors three years ago. Though the images are basically PG-13, thanks to a lot of strategically placed skiing equipment, a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot that has gone viral in Lebanon is less so. At certain points in the video, she is captured without her shirt on. The video is tame by Western standards, the proceedings don't seem particularly shady, nudity is not gratuitous (although maybe don't watch it at work.) However, she's still representing a very conservative nation on the world's biggest stage.
At one point, Chamoun is asked "what's easier, being a model or a ski racer?" She responds, in full winter garb, "it's easier to ski because I'm not used to posing with no clothes on." She also says that she's studying sports and event management. Pretty wholesome answers. But not wholesome enough to keep the Lebanese government from opening an investigation into her slightly racy past. Lebanon's Sports and Youth Minister Faisal Karami demanded that the International Olympic Committee look into the photos and videos to ensure "the protection of Lebanon's reputation," just days before Chamoun is set to compete.